Ask the Coach: How do I explain an employment gap?

March 19th, 2018

Tell the truth. Gaps exist for a variety of reasons. Simply explain why you were unemployed and if appropriate, what you learned from it.

One area to highlight on your resume is what you did to keep busy during the employment gap. Did you volunteer? Work a part-time job, consulting, or do some freelance work? Take a class to learn new skills or get a certification?

Lastly, keep the conversation positive when you are explaining why you left the job. Lots of people have gaps in employment – the truth, what you learned, and how you grew during the unemployment gap is always the best answer.

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Joe Micallef – Sales Coach – email, or call (773) 329 0066
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