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Writing your resume when you've had a significant gap between jobs can be tricky... especially in today's super-competitive job market.

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Archived Employment Gap Questions

Listed below are the many questions asked in past years about employment gaps and how to handle them on a resume. Even though these questions are older, the advice I've given the askers is mostly universal! :)

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How should I modify my CV to show a gap and also reflect my interest in a career change? 
I want to explain a gap of 2 yrs and now I also want to change my career to accounting from IT. I have 5 yrs experience in IT and basic accounting certificate. …

How to add "waitress" to professional resume? 
I worked for 11 years in finance and have an MBA...but because of the recession, I have been a waitress for the past year. Should I add that experience …

Should I add child care to my resume? 
I have not had a business job in about a year and a half. I have been babysitting for about a year, but I do not have it on my resume because it does not …

How do I fill in a 12 year gap in my resume? 
I have been a homemaker for the last 12 years due to caring for my disabled sister so I have a rather large gap in my work history. Previous to that I …

Should I list 2 years of travel as "Experience" to fill in employment gap? 
I have been unemployed for nearly 2 years because I have been traveling throughout the US. I am now actively seeking to get back into the workforce but …

Should I Include My Craft Business on My Resume? 
I was laid off from my job almost a year ago. While looking for employment, I have tried to make the most of my time by designing, sewing, dying and selling …

What Is the Best Way to Handle This Situation? 
I have a significant gap in work history and am also changing specializations. How do I avoid drawing too much attention to this prior to an interview? …

How Do I Explain an Employment Gap Due to Caregiving? 
I have been out of work for several years due to taking care of children and grandchildren and taking care of six sick parent and sick in-laws.

How Do I Explain My Employment Gaps to Future Employers? 
I have been unemployed since April of 2004, and I still am. I am currently seeking employment, but I am not sure how to address the employment gaps. …

How Do I Explain Six Years Taking Care of My Kids? 
am not actively looking for a job, but would like to have my resume ready in case I would need it in the future. For the last six years, I have been …

How to Explain a Long Gap in Employment History Due to Legal Issues? 
I was terminated from my last position. It happened at a time when a legal matter made it impossible to apply for a job in my industry. That matter …

How do I explain 3 year gap in employment before my first job 
It's hard finding that first job with no job experience so I have a 3 year gap between high school and my first job how would I explain this on an application …

How to state my study break into my work history 
Regarding writing my CV, I had a study break between my employment and now I am asked to put it into my CV, but I do not know how to explain and state …

Should I leave a gap in my resume or include all work history? 
I am looking to apply for a position in a field I worked in 7 years ago. The potential employer is looking for someone who has had experience in that …

How do I handle a ten year gap in my employment history on my resume and cover letter? 
I want to return to the work force part time after a 10-year retirement. I retired from the insurance industry (10 yrs. ago) after a successful 15 yr. …

How do I list multiple jobs from temp services on resume without looking like I'm not dependable? 
I got laid off last October after 11 1/2 years at Solar Communications. This company closed the doors for business and the machines are being sold to our …

Is it ever all right to leave education/experience off a resume, and if so, how would I explain the gaps?  
I have been a chiropractor in private practice for the past eight years. In 2007, I relocated and opened a practice in a new area. Business is very slow …

How Do I Handle a Gap in Employment on my Resume? 
I was with a company for 10 years prior to being laid off as the company downsized. I have had two brief periods of employment in the same field that …

Should I include non-related job experiences? 
I graduated from university a year ago, but unfortunately I was not able to find a job in my field, and have been working as a receptionist since. I have …

How Do I Explain a Long Gap in Employment? 
After working in the Insurance Industry for over 25 years I retired. After retirement I went on the road as a team driver for a large company to see the …

How Do I Explain an Employment Gap to Take Care of Our Kids? 
I have taken over seven years off of work to take care of my two children, while my wife's career has fast tracked. I'm a bit nervous on how well it will …

How Would You Deal With This Regrettable Experience? 
I was a Department lead in a sheet metal manufacturing plant for 27 years. 3 years ago management asked me to take a drug test. Offended, I replied "I …

How Do I Explain a Work Gap in My Resume? 
How will I explain that I was unemployed due to "no job vacancies"?

How Can I Minimize the Impact of a Long Gap Due to Disability? 
I have been disabled for 5 years and am now ready to return to the workforce. What can I put on my resume that will make me appealing to employers for …

How Do I Handle a Temporary Employment Gap Due to Disability? 
Since I have been disabled, I have been out of work for going on three years now. I have now completed my first year of college. I am planning to attend …

How Do I Account for an Employment Gap Due to the Poor Job Market? 
I was downsized 7 months ago from a biotech company with 20 years of background in a specific industry. Since the economy has changed, demand for my background …

How Do I Account for 16 Years of Self Employment? 
I have been out of the factory job market for 16 years. In that time, I have been buying homes and renting them. We have lost the homes due to foreclosure …

How Should I Describe My Employment as a Nanny on a Resume? 
I am a college student, but will have to put my studies on hold because of financial situations. While in school, I've been working as a nanny with the …

Should I Include My Nanny Job on My Resume? 
I am a college student and I have worked as a nanny for 14 months. Prior to that, I worked as an assistant to a CPA for 2 1/2 years. In the "nanny" job, …

How Do I Handle a Very Long Employment Gap? 
I need to know how to handle an employment gap. I have a great deal of experience in the working world, from 1989-2001. It's now halfway through 2008 …

How Do I Account for an Employment Gap on My Resume? 
I have been working for an insurance company for only one year and am now faced with a layoff. Before coming to work at my present job, I spent 9 months …

Is Relocation a Sufficient Explanation for a Short Employment Gap? 
I am looking to relocate (across several states) to be with my partner and do not have a solid job lined up yet. I would rather have a job lined up first …

How do I explain to a potential employer (and on my resume) about a large gap in employment 
I have had a very hard time trying to find a job. I have actively looked for employment for over a year and a half. I have had very few actual interviews. …

How to explain an extended absence for caregiving? 
I left the working world in April 2001 for what was expected to be 2 weeks. During that time, I learned that my parents were in need of full time care, …

How do I present a 2 year gap due to car accident? 
I have been in the IT field for 25 years where in the last 5 years I was project managing as a consultant. In July 2008, I was in a head on collision and …

Should I add Primary Caregiver on my resume? 
I've worked for an auto finance company for eight years. I was laid off three and a half years ago and I haven't found work yet. I was an unpaid primary …

How to explain a break of 9 years to raise children? 
Would appreciate Professional attention-getting "key phrases" to explain my gap. I had worked in Pharmaceutical Sales for 11 years and decided to stay …

How do I explain a 3 year employment gap when I left the workforce to care for my aging parents? 
Should I include this gap on my resume? Answer: I don't see how you can NOT include it, as it happened. And there's nothing wrong with being honest …

How do I explain moves within the company? 
How do I explain moves within the company that were not promotions but either a department closing and then being moved by my request also? A total of …

I recently quit a job after 3 months, how do I explain this?  
I recently quit a job after 3 months. Everyone was unhappy there, we worked insane hours, had unhappy clients and I was not proud of the work we were doing. …

After an employment gap of 10 years in my main field, do I mention more recent unrelated jobs? 
I have an employment gap for the last 10 years, following 20-30 yrs retail and business management experience with lots of successes. Do I emphasize the …

How do I account for the fact that I am just seeking my first adult employment? 
I am disabled seeking part time work... haven't worked in years. How do I get a job? I worked when i was a teenager. When I was 18 I was declared legally …

Should I include temporary production work to avoid the appearance of a gap in my work history? 
I am currently applying for a managerial position with a retail chain and am a manager at my current job. However, when I list the jobs on my resume that …

How can I reword my resume without using my last employer on my resume for 5 years? 
I was fired from my last job 5 years 10/2004 to 12/2009. I do not want to list this employer on my resume. * the reason I was fired was that I had …

Do you have any advice for me? 
I am a victim of lack of opportunities and too many short-stay jobs. Help! I suffered a car accident just months after graduation from college. I graduated …

How do I deal with a gap due to PTSD? 
First, thank you for this forum. February, 2004 our child was brutally murdered while attending college. At the time I owned the number one Matco Tools …

How do I explain an employment gap due to moving because of my husband being transferred? 
I am quite "qualified for any administrative assistant" position. I even have SAP Computer software experience. BUT my husband and I have had to move around …

How do I explain a 2-year employment gap due to work visa issues? 
My Name is Nithya, I was out of work for 2 years. I was working in India before 2 years, after my marriage I quit my job and came to USA since my husband …

How to handle being let go for personal reasons? 
In 2000, I traveled the country for my husband's job until 2004, when we were going to settle in Denver, but then decided to move back to New Orleans when …

What is the best way to account for a two year gap of unemployment? 
Long story short, I had a job that I once worked for for 2 years. It is currently on my resume, however... I made a huge mistake while employed with this …

How do I explain a low-paying job during a caregiving employment gap? 
After 20 years as a general manager, my wife was critically injured-electrocuted on high voltage wires. After therapy in a traumatic brain injury hospital, …

How to Explain a Long Gap in Employment History? 
My husband died in 2001. At that time I quit my job, stayed home with my children and collected widow's social security. One child is almost 20 and out …

How do I present a 7-year gap in my resume? 
How do I present a 7-year gap of employment? Reason one: I had some immigration issues so I couldn't get back to work until now. Reason two: I had to take …

Is 20 months of unemployement going to hurt me? 
I am a 51 year old Construction Manager that was let go 20 months ago and I have not been able to get back to work. I thought part of it is I did not finish …

How do I explain a gap of employment on resume? 
I stopped working June of 2008 due to a lay off. At that time I decided to expanded our family. As a result I remained home to care for myself and my newborn. …


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