How To Explain Gaps In Employment

When you get to the interview, be ready to talk about your resume. Additionally
explaining why you left previous firms and chit chat about the situation, if you have
any openings in employment be prepared to shed light on them. Many people are worried that an
interviewer is going to discover that they were without a job for a period of time. It is not
always a bad thing, but you do have to have the ability to tell the person interviewing you why in the best
possible light.

You should always be honest when explaining any absence from working, but you do
have right to spin what you did do in the best possible light. For instance, if you were
laid of your job and had a hard time finding a replacement but spent a lot of time with
your children you could say, “I took an opportunity to spend a few months with my
sons and daughters in between jobs.” If you took any courses or classes that adds value to your
skills as an employee be sure to mention that as well. You may find it beneficial to add a
brief clarification on the resume itself or in a cover letter. Most times it is hard to get to
a meeting if there is a prolonged and unexplained employment gap.

If you are unsure what probable questions could be generated from your resume, have
another person look at it. It is best to be prepared for certain questions and scenarios that
will likely come up in an interview. You do not want to be caught unaware or
floundering for an answer. Take time to give yourself time to figure out the best reason for times
of unemployment so an person interviewing you sees it as reasonable or even beneficial to them in the
case of even more education and classes.

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