Gap in Employment & Resume Gaps (How to Explain Them)

Gap in Employment & Resume Gaps (How to Explain Them)

Hey Ambitious Professionals! It’s Linda
Raynier of guiding you to a career and life you’ll truly enjoy.
And in today’s video, I’m going to teach you two key strategies on how to handle
explaining gaps of unemployment on your resume. There are many reasons why some of us
may have gaps on our resume you might have taken time off to be a stay-at-home
mom or dad you might have taken time off to study to travel or you may just have
a gap simply because you’ve been looking for a job that whole time but you still
haven’t been successful the way to handle your gaps is dependent on when
they occurred and I’m going to give you specific guidance and give you two key
strategies depending on the situation there are two situations on when you
have gaps in your resume situation number one you have gaps in the past but
you’re currently employed so let’s say that you are currently working right now
and you’ve been in your role for at least a year or longer and you’re ready
to find a new position but at the same time you have gaps in your past before
you took on this role that means that there isn’t much need for you to truly
explain those previous gaps because the emphasis for the employer when they read
your resume is to look at your most recent position so your strategy is
going to be to emphasize in detail the duties tasks and responsibilities that
you’ve been performing in this most recent position and the achievements
that you’ve been able to accomplish because that is actually what the
employer is going to be paying attention to employers tend to focus on the most
recent roles that you’ve held and if you can explain your most current position
in a really detailed and compelling attractive way then the previous gaps
might may not actually be minded as much now that’s not to say that they’re not
going to ask you about those previous gaps in the interview but you want to
leave it to the interview to be able to explain and not try to explain it on
your resume the reason for this is because I’ve personally seen resumes
where people have explained in detail why they left every single position and
what they were doing in between and truthfully that just clutters up the
resume you want to leave that for the interview you want to have your story
outlined in the interview and explain it then situation number two you have a
current gap right now as we speak and it’s actually been longer than
year so then if that’s your situation the big question to ask yourself here is
have you been doing any work have you been helping anybody out organizations
people as a consultant helping with ad-hoc projects with tasks that you can
say are relevant to the role that you want to apply to if yes then it’s
important to include it I’ve heard of so many people and so many people have told
me that yes I’ve been on this unemployment break for a while I haven’t
been able to find a job but at the same time I’ve been doing some consulting on
the side and they don’t include that on their resume whatever you have included
because it’s important to show that you’ve done something rather than
nothing or if you’ve been doing some higher education getting an extra
diploma or doing your MBA you definitely want to include that as well if that’s
where you’ve been spending your time studying and just a one-liner is enough
to explain that or if you’ve been volunteering and you’ve been performing
some work-related tasks in your volunteer work then include that as well
again it’s better to put something rather than nothing
now if you’ve truly been up to nothing this whole time for this past year and a
bit for whatever reason then I would say
simply go to the most recent position that you have held and emphasize that as
much as possible and when I say emphasize I mean include five to eight
solid bullet points of tasks responsibilities and key duties that
you’ve been performing in your most recent roles and lining them up to the
position that you want to apply to you as much as possible and don’t forget to
also include your achievements it’s not worth it to really put something that’s
personal on your resume I mean in my opinion to say been searching for the
last year and a half and haven’t been successful I mean it doesn’t really look
good I’d rather that you would just focus on
your most recent opportunities the ones that you’ve recently held and focus in
and hone in on the key tasks and responsibilities there and from there
you’re gonna have to really work on your job search networking strategy to make
sure that the employers or the recruiters or the
my majors that you get in touch with fully understand your situation and are
willing and ready to read your resume review your resume and hopefully get you
in for an interview so there you have it my two key strategies on how to deal
with unemployment gaps on your resume now of course this is only scratching
the surface when it comes to developing a truly attractive compelling impressive
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  1. I just recently ran into a recruiter who wouldn't let the fact go that I was unemployed for nearly 3 years after I told him that I was taking care of a family member and attended some classes at local college. Pissed me off than he lies and says he would email me the job description and never did than told me to take care and I told him to take care.

  2. I was sick for years, working with natural doctors to heal from heavy metal poisoning, etc. Then I was working on repairing my life, etc. I have been off work for 6.5 years but I'm physically ready to get back to work. I probably need to take some classes to refresh my skills to get employed in my field, but I'm hoping I can work another job while I do that. I don't even know how to get started anymore!

  3. Really employers have a hint as to why there are gaps (discrimination), so they do not usually ask this too often as they probably have done the same to other employees and fell queasy about revisiting the past. Discrimination about salary, age, personal reasons. So yes many people have gaps and it is not their fault.

  4. I worked many years. Took a two year break to remodel some properties owned by life partner and I can't even get a job at home depot now where I bought most of the materials to do it. lol

  5. What if am are currently unemployed for a yr. because I was finishing up a Nurse Practitioner degree & raising 2 teens & looking after 2 grandmas …I just needed a break …how do I explain that ?

  6. My whole life is a gap! I am changing specialties every few months and have finally kept focus on a few, getting them to a higher level.
    I used to think that it's all going to waste until I find the way to settle down… but I found out it was all useful to be integrated into one job that can make use of all these skills!

  7. I don't understand this whole concept. Why do employers care if you have gaps? Maybe I just had things I'd rather be doing and I could afford to survive until I started working again.

  8. Say you were on a Kibbutz or working for your Uncle's stables. Anything where you are working with other rich jelly-heads!!!

  9. Great stuff Linda! I've been watching many of your videos as I prepare for an upcoming opportunity and they've helped tremendously!

  10. I was doing YouTube content creation for 3 years but release that it does fulfill my needs. Also I couldn't get any job similar to my past experiences. What to do?

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