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How Do I Explain My Employment Gaps to Future Employers?

by Juliet
(New York)

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.

In that time, I have had a child, gone back to school and received my Bachelor Degree, I have also worked for three months in 2005, and I also did a three months internship in 2008. Thank You.

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Sep 01, 2009
Already Answered - Just Be Honest
by: Kathi

Hi Juliet... I've already answered very similar questions a few times in the past, so please be sure to read this section thoroughly to see what I told other people in similar situations.

But basically, my advice will always be to just be open, honest and up front about your job history. In your cover letter, explain briefly what you've been doing lately. On your resume, show the short employment and internships; it's still experience. And be prepared to address how you've kept your skills/knowledge up to date.

To your success,

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