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What Is the Best Way to Handle This Situation?

by Paul
(Washingon State)

I have a significant gap in work history and am also changing specializations. How do I avoid drawing too much attention to this prior to an interview? I recently graduated with a degree in the related field and want to focus on that area, but don't have related work experience.

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Sep 09, 2009
Meet It Head On...
by: Kathi

Paul... You're not going to be able to totally hide this gap, but if you use a functional format for your resume, you'll emphasize your skills over your work experience.

But do be prepared to answer what you were doing during the gap. You should focus on your "transferable" skills, skills you'll bring to your new specialty from the old one. Communication skills, organization, teamwork are all examples.

Also, be prepared to discuss why you are switching.

Good luck!

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