Are you dealing with a gap in your resume?
Is the gap in your resume making you worried that you might not get job offers?
Here you will find the solution on how to explain gaps of employment on your resume.
So, there could be many reasons why someone may have gaps in their resumes. You might have taken off due to medical or personal problems or you might have taken time to study or upskill yourself or you may have a gap because you’ve been looking for a job but still you’ve not been successful in getting any offer. The reason could be any but none can stop you from getting noticed while applying for a new position if you will create your resume strategically and handle it according to the situation when they occurred.
Employment gaps normally don’t become a concern to an employer unless they are 6 months old. So, don’t let the employment gap make you feel that you’ll not get a job ever now. The rule to explain the gaps are just be truthful and not misleading, as this is the digital era and most employer will do some type of background check before they hire you
If you are reading this, it means you are in either of the following situations –
- You’ve gaps in the past, but you’re currently employed
- You have a current gap right now
Let’s discuss both situations.
Situation 1 – You’ve gaps in the past, but you’re currently employed
If you’re currently working at some position for at least a year or longer and you want to find a new position and worried about gaps then don’t worry, as there isn’t much need to explain the previous gaps because employers will emphasize on your most recent position when they will read your resume. In your situation, you have to follow a strategy while building your resume in which you will include detail of the duties, tasks, and responsibilities that you’ve been performing in your most recent position. Also, include the achievements as the employer will look for these things. By explaining your most recent position in a detailed way, we are here tending to bring the focus of the employer on your most recent roles that you’ve performed so that previous gaps may not actually be minded as much.
Note – This does not mean the employer will not going to ask you about those previous gaps but don’t explain them on your resume and rather leave it to the interview. Be prepared for the explanation of the reasons you’ve got a gap on your resume while you’re going for any interview rather than clutter up your resume.
Situation 2 – You have a current gap right now, but you were employed in the past
If you have a current gap right now, then include whatever you did in this gap, as it is important to show something than nothing. If you’ve done any freelance or volunteer work with any organization, include it or you’ve mentored anyone with your experience mention that also. If you’ve been doing higher education or any certification include that as well as you’ve been spending time studying.
Now, if you’ve been up to nothing in your employment gap for whatever been a reason then simply go for the most recent position that you’ve held and explain your roles, tasks, and responsibilities in detail.
Now, we are at the point where we know what to include in our resume if we are in the two possible situations of the employment gap. But the question here is how to include this in our resume?
Let’s discuss how to build a resume with an employment gap?
- Use Functional Resume Format
We usually format our resumes in chronologically reverse format but for resumes with the employment gap, build your resume in a functional format. In this format, the focus will be on your accomplishments and abilities rather than on the dates or periods you were employed. Divide the general work experience section into different sections like Graphic Designing experience or Video editing experience or Content writing and marketing experience. Try to directly relate the sections to the positions you’re applying for.
- Must include Professional Profile
A Professional Profile is a perfect place where you can sell yourself. It is a short paragraph of information about your accomplishments, strengths, and capabilities right below your contact information on your resume. Include all the information briefly here to show the employer what you’ve accomplished with your previous experience and what you can do for their company. This section will help you to make the employer believe that even after the employment gap, they can hire you for your worth.
- Employment Period Format
If you’re building a resume with an employment gap then list the employment period in years rather than months and years.
- Employment gaps experiences
Include whatever experiences you’ve gained in your employment gaps. Mention any freelance or volunteer work that you’ve done during that time or higher education or certification you’ve acquired or any contract work. This will show that initiative and invest your time in quality things to upskill yourself rather than sitting idle.
- Cover letters
Use cover letters to explain the employment gaps. Explain briefly in your cover letter that why the gap occurred and what you’ve done in that gap period. Be honest while providing this information and try not to hide anything here as this will build trust with the employer.