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How Do I Explain a Long Gap in Employment?

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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 country. In February 2007 my team driver was hurt which required several major surgeries and we were "let go" due to this.

I put my job search on hold to care for my fiance who was my team driver. Then my oldest sister was diagnosed as being "terminally ill" last year and I moved in with her to care for her until she passed away January of this year.

After her passing I handled her affairs and now I am in need of a job and do not know how to handle this large gap on my resume.

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Jun 04, 2009
Honesty Is the Best Policy
by: Kathi

I always advocate honesty. You have nothing to hide with what you've been doing of late. So, I would just describe it briefly in a cover letter that goes with your resume. Identify any transferable skills you gleaned from the caregiving (there are always some). You've done great things, so be proud of them!

To your success,

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