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How Do I Account for an Employment Gap Due to the Poor Job Market?

by Anonymous

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 has become very limited. I have spent the last 7 months looking for a new position with little to show for the effort.

The question is, how do I present that on a resume? I never dreamed that it would become so difficult finding a new position.

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Feb 14, 2009
Your Situation May Not Be That Unique
by: Kathi

Unfortunately, I think your situation is probably not all that unique given the current state of our economy and the job market. The best way to explain employment gaps at first is always in the cover letter. Just be open and transparent about why you lost your job and why you are still employed. I wouldn't go into too much detail; save that for the interview if asked.

This is NOT a reflection on you; it's just what's going on in our world right now. So, just keep plugging away at it... the right job will come along sooner or later.

To your success,

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