Resume Gaps. They aren’t ideal, but they happen. Before you read through this blog, here’s a quick tip on dealing with resume gaps: DON’T LIE.
It can be tempting–especially when your gap is more than a year. While every gap is different, most of them are simple enough to deal with. Others may need a little more finesse. Here are some common ways to deal with resume gaps.
Away at school – education is a great excuse for not working! Be proud of your commitment to school. You can highlight what you learned in relevant classes and how you can use your knowledge in a position with the company.
Career pivot – Maybe you coached basketball part time while freelancing as a ghost writer over the last two years. That doesn’t necessarily scream data analyst, but it doesn’t mean you should hide it. While you probably wont include those side hustles on your resume, you should be ready to explain them in the interview.
Time off for family – Millennial professionals are having babies later in life than previous generations. Perhaps you took a couple years to spend time with your family and are now looking for a career that will have a better work/life balance. Honesty is the best policy. You can also demonstrate the ways you stayed in touch with best practices. Did you earn an online certification? Have you remained active in your professional group? Did you spend time mentoring others in the sector?
The important thing to remember is that you can turn a potential liability into a real asset.
I am not an expert, but I am happy to help. Lnee R&D can help you get closer to where you want to be! If you want to participate in our next round of mock interviews let us know. To hire Lnee R&D or learn more, just reach out: LneeRD[at]outlook[dot]com.
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