I was recently asked a good question: What do you advise about the “gap” on the resume for raising kids or not working for whatever reason?
First, you have to make the gap irrelevant with a compelling resume design, such as those at LoftResumes.com. You have 6 – 8 seconds to impress…or not. Choose a format that leverages your strengths and makes age or gaps less obvious, so that by the time recruiters get to the gap in your resume, they have seen your awesomeness and are already sold on talking to you. Your resume should tell a strong brand story that articulates your unique promise of value.
Next, be prepared to tell the story of your career journey, including time away raising children. Within that story, weave in things that you did to stay relevant and keep your skills sharp. You have a chance to demonstrate adaptability and resilience. These characteristics are highly sought after by employers.
There’s more about telling your brand story in my free report.
One last thing: If you go into an interview feeling like that gap is a problem, you’re bringing in the negative energy. Instead, frame that time as a choice you made that is part of a longer-term strategy. In other words, don’t make it a problem.