You can achieve what you believe

ask the expert banner

How do I present a 2 year gap due to car accident?

by Kirk Heaslip

I have been in the IT field for 25 years where in the last 5 years I was project managing as a consultant. In July 2008, I was in a head on collision and since have been on disability.

I am currently in the process of looking for work and am finding the 2 year gap is a problem. How do I manage this on my resume? Thanks

Answer: Kirk... I really don't think there is any way to handle this other than complete honesty. I'd say that you were in a life-threatening accident that put you out of commission for some time, but that you are now fully rehabilitated and recovered... assuming that's true.

It's better to be upfront about the reason for your gap than trying to hide it. Hiding it just looks shady and raises red flags.

You might also need to consider training to update your skills in your field, if necessary, given your time away from the workforce.

Click here to post comments

Return to Archived Employment Gaps Questions.

For "Ask the Expert" question categories, follow these links:

Resume Questions Other Questions:

Share YOUR job hunting horror stories with our readers!

Here are some more pages you might be interested in...

Search This Site:

Site Sponsors

See our Advertising Policy


Need help making a professional resume? Check out this fabulous online resume builder!

Click here to get professional resume help online

Job Seekers'
Power Pack!

job seekers power pack picture

Grab your copy of these 5 concise reports about every aspect of the job hunt. Don't miss this opportunity to change your life for the better!

Check it out NOW

Please, help this site continue running by donating $5.00

Keep Up to Date

Follow us on our Facebook Fan Page Follow our updates on Twitter
Subscribe to my careers blog Subscribe to our site changes in your feed reader

Learning Library

[?] Subscribe To This Site

follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines