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How Do I Account for an Employment Gap on My Resume?

by Lisa A. Randall
(Kansas City, MO)

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 caring for my disabled mother after my father's death, and then 6 months moving and dealing with the issues after her death.

I would like to know the best way to cover this period of time on my resume. I have searched caregiver sites and none of them cover this issue.


Lisa A. Randall

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Jun 24, 2008
Be Honest & Open About Employment Gaps
by: Kathi

The best place to deal with an employment gap is on the cover letter. Simply explain honestly what you were doing during the period that you were not working. If you gained any life lessons or skills during that time, be sure to mention that too.

I'd be surprised if you were penalized for this type of employment gap. I think most prospective employers would understand.

To your success,


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