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More and more people are faced with employment gaps on their resumes. What is an employment gap? Like it sounds, it is a space of time when one was not working. These gaps can occur for many reasons: a lost job, a spouse’s job promotion and subsequent
move, raising children, or caring for a sick child or elderly parent, to name a few.
So, what is the best way to handle the gap on a resume?
There are two ways to address it:
What if you didn’t volunteer and have little work experience? Create a skills-based resume versus the more traditional experience-based one. Tailor the skills on the resume to the skills listed in the job description. If you were caring for an ailing
parent, then you have demonstrable skills in organization, time management, communication, managing people, reliability, and problem-solving.
If your gap is due to the inability to find a job, then start volunteering now to add valuable experience to your resume.
When it comes to the interview, be factual about your experience gap, but never apologize. There is nothing wrong with stepping away from a job to raise children or care for an elderly parent. If a potential company insinuates that there is something
wrong, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. The company probably won’t be a good fit.
Anne Converse Willkomm Director of Graduate Studies Goodwin College Drexel University