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How Can I Minimize the Impact of a Long Gap Due to Disability?

by Candice

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 those missing years?

If someone looks at my resume, automatically they will wonder why I have been out of work for the past 5 years. Nine times out of ten they will not look twice at a resume that is missing that much time. How can I make my resume appealing, since I have been out of the work force for so long?

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Apr 14, 2009
Honesty Is the Key
by: Kathi


The good news is, your cover letter should be the first thing an employer sees, not your resume, and that gives you an oppotunity to make a positive impression.

You can't hide the fact that you were out of work for 5 years, but employers are not allowed to discriminate based on disability. So, in your cover letter, briefly explain the 5-year gap.

It's important to emphasize your current readiness for work. If you did anything during that 5-year disability such as take coursework, do volunteer work, raise children, you can also mention that in your letter.

Be prepared to discuss the details of your former disability during any job interviews, as well as what accommodations, if any, that you will need in future jobs.

To your success,

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