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How do I handle a ten year gap in my employment history on my resume and cover letter?

by Susan
(Port Richey, FL)

I want to return to the work force part time after a 10-year retirement. I retired from the insurance industry (10 yrs. ago) after a successful 15 yr. career. I would like to return to work part-time and not in a career... am interested in a job. During the past ten years I completed a BA degree, became a certified paralegal, volunteered for Hospice, & traveled. How do I handle this on my resume & cover letter?

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Jul 16, 2009
Use the Cover Letter
by: Kathi

Hi Susan... Thanks for posting this question. Sounds like you've been a busy woman during your "retirement"! The easiest place to mention all those activities is in your cover letter. But of course, your degree and paralegal certification should be listed in the Education section of the resume, and you may also want to include your volunteering in the work history, but clearly designating it as volunteer work, rather than paid employment.

Good luck!

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