I need to know how to handle an employment gap. I have a great deal of experience in the working world, from 1989-2001. It's now halfway through 2008 and I have not worked since 2001.
I have a Bachelors degree and I am a class or two shy of my Masters degree. In 2002, which is when I stopped attending school, my life took a dramatic turn. I had a nervous breakdown, where I had to be hospitalized for a month, and couldn't function for awhile and have since recovered.
I started my job search yet again and it's been difficult and quite frustrating. I've asked quite a few people for career advice, some of whom are professionals, and nothing seems to be working.
I do not have any kids so I can't say I've stayed at home to watch the kids. I do not want to get that personal with my life, especially for fear of discrimination.
I do not know what to say on the interview that will help me to get the job without them focusing on such a long employment gap. Please help.
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