Mind The Resume Gaps

Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 08/23/2015 | Author: Stuart Koenig

Mind The Resume Gaps

As you give your resume a thorough review, you notice an ugly stain. No, not that coffee cup ring stain (although you should probably be more careful…). It’s the stain on your resume that comes from having a sizable gap between employment. Everything else on there looks great, but that gap just doesn’t add up to an employer looking to hire. So what to do in an interview? Well, with a few tips you can own that gap in your resume, and even turn it into something positive. Let’s find out how- 

Own It – There’s a tendency to try to fudge any gaps on your resume, with expanding dates on each end of employment, or inventing bridges that aren’t there. Resist that urge! Be honest about the gaps in employment. First and foremost, you might get caught fudging the truth, which pretty much means you can wave goodbye to any chance at the position you’re seeking. Demonstrating honesty and integrity throughout the entire process means you aren’t stammering in an interview for a way to squirm out of the question. And finally – the interviewer may not love an employment gap, but your rep and conscience will be impeccably clean! 

Go Positive – Hey, maybe the interviewer does like the answer you give about the gap in your employment, but only if you can put a positive spin on it. Managing a household, volunteering, or just recharging your batteries to get back into the workforce certainly aren’t embarrassing reasons for a gap in employment, and addressing these issues head on with an interviewer using a firm and confident demeanor can sometimes even impress. 

You’re Not Alone – Believe us, plenty of resumes have that dreaded gap, so you aren’t the only one dealing with it. There’s a decent chance the person interviewing you has a bit of a hiccup on their resume, so fret not. Companies in today’s economy know all too well that layoffs occur, and they factor these things accordingly. So that stain on the resume isn’t as big or messy as you might think!

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