Mind The Gap (in your resume)

Mind the Gap Warning

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?

Mind the Gap WarningFirst, 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.

Jeff Rock

Author Jeff Rock

Jeff works with project management professionals in business. He provides career and personal development coaching to help you get your career moving forward while bringing your life back into balance. As a result, you feel rejuvenated and back in control. You get your life back.

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  • ClairAnn Muddiman says:

    Good morning Jeff,
    I agree with what you stated. If a person’s time away is due to raising children, transferable skills should be noted such as time management, multi-schedule organization etc. There are so many skills to be articulated if time was taken off to raise a family.

    In turn, if a person was out for medical necessity, it is imperative to impress and state, without disclosing information (if one chooses not to disclose) one’s successes throughout recovery. What did that person do? What were a couple of accomplishments made during recovery? If possible, staying abreast on political issues and staying informed on local economic changes and social aspects of the community are equally important. Doing so will let the interviewer know (when applicable) that the individual is informed, articulate, and detailed.

    One must turn time away from employment into a time of dedication, empowerment, change and adaptation. This will show and impress any potential employer.

    Thank you,
    ClairAnn Muddiman

  • Holly says:

    Jeff,
    Your insights are wise and reassuring. I can think of a few people who need to read this post so that they can reframe how they feel and think about what they have to offer. I particularly agree with you on the value of adaptability and resilience.

    Thanks.

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