Gaps in employment are becoming increasingly common, as many professionals have endured the ebb and flow of our recent economy.
Don’t miss your opportunity!
Keep your resume at the top of the pile, and help employers overlook any gaps in your employment history, by following these five tips:
- Don’t Call Attention to Gaps. Let your accomplishments stand on their own, and don’t be quick to point out any gaps in your employment history. A potential employer may not even notice, and you should be focusing on your positives!
- Don’t Lie. This is never a good idea anyway, but don’t be so nervous about gaps in your history that you try and fudge your background or dates. It’s not worth possible loss of employment down the road, and you don’t want to get yourself trapped in a worthless lie.
- Do Volunteer Work. If you’re currently unemployed, you can still keep your skills sharp (and expand your professional network!) by volunteering in the community. Many non-profit organizations need help from professional volunteers, and working in the community will show that you have been flexing your skills while unemployed.
- Take classes. Another way to keep gaps from looking so…gaping, is to take classes. Whether in a community center or at your local college, taking classes in your area of expertise will demonstrate to potential employers that you are serious about advancing your career, and that you are the type of employee who makes lemonade out of lemons – you’re taking initiative to make yourself better, after all!
- Seek temporary employment opportunities. Noticing a trend here? Don’t be afraid to turn down opportunities to grow and advance because you’re looking for full-time employment. Temporary career opportunities can help you fill gaps while you’re out of full-time work, and will make your resume that much tighter when you find the right career opportunity.
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