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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

¤ Dealing With Gaps In Employment On Your Resume Or CV ¤

Many times during a job search you may find yourself having to explain an extended "gap in employment" on your resume. This may be due to job or life changes:including children, career transition or family sick leave. Susan gives some excellent suggestions on how to deal with this issue in a simple and effective way.(Editor's Note)



  1. Great video, Susan! Thanks for sharing these tips! I wil be moditying my resume as a result.

    - Phil

  2. Great tips..worth remembering.

  3. This is a very simplistic "solution" to a more troubling trend in the American workplace whereby employers seem to have blinders on when it comes to the severity of this new economy.
    Perhaps a better solution is to rally for legislation specifically protecting older workers and the long-term unemployed--both of which have no real protection in the workplace these days.

  4. Yes because legislation has prevented financial collapse, kept unemployment low and preserved the middle class. Instead of worrying about fairness of the process, the people getting jobs in this market are making themselves valuable to potential employers and, therefore, worth the commitment of hiring.

    If you are having problems finding a job, look in the mirror and figure out what is holding you back. No one, government or otherwise, is going to provide the magic pill!! You make the change.

  5. Thank you very much for the video.
    I have had to take the time to care for an ailing parent as she declines in health--I have just added that info to my LinkedIn profile

    Was not sure if it should be noted (the 1 year gap)on the resume?
    The linkedIn link is at top of the resume, just hope the interested parties will read

    Thanks again--John

  6. Susan, I have done useful tasks to help my job search, including Microsoft Access and SQL. How do I put that on my resume?


  7. Dan ,
    Can you be more specific? You can list this as skills with or with out dates.

  8. John,
    I am not sure it is good idea idea to list this on your LinkedIn profile or resume. It is not a positive and should probably be discussed if necessary with a interviewer.

  9. Yes, very simplistic answer(and yes simplistic is the word I meant to use). If a Resume is the place to put down that I spent three years as a stay at home dad, then why spend the time and effort to write a cover letter??? My cover letter is where I put down that one gap I spent racing bikes and another was when I was a stay at home parent and took online training course work. If the employer is to lazy to read the cover letter, then again, why write one?

  10. The problem with this advice is that it does nothing to help when you are filling out an online application which doesn't give you the opportunity to be creative. I think this website needs to move into this century regarding how resumes are used now.


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