Worried about employment gaps on your resume?

Dealing with Employment Gap on your Resume

What is Employment GAP?

Many applicants don't know the importance of employment gap in your resume documents.

Sometimes this will lead to increase chance to get hired or this is the biggest mistake that you do if you include it on your document for Job Application.

Before we start this topic please keep reading and share this amazing blog to everyone that you know to help them.

Here is a very simple explanation about employment gap,

An Employment Gap  is a period of months or years when the applicant was not employed in Job.

All HR (Human Resource), Manager, Interviewers know about that.

It was written in your resume. You will see it from the duration  period of your past job experience.

How to Handle this?

Employment Gap Problem

Here are the list of how to address different types of gaps right on your resume, with examples?

This includes gaps due to:

1. Career Change or having a break. 

2. Getting fired or being unemployed for a long period of time.

3. Relocating homes without having a job lined up beforehand .

4. Pursuing more education / Study.


5. Deal with health issue or caring for an aging family member.

6. Raising your kids.

If you're at all concerned that a gap might be costing you on interviews, and you want to address it right on your resume (which is the best approach)

Do NOT go into elaborate detail such as about:

1. Starting your family.

2. Medical issues to you or pertaining loved ones.

3. Your mental health issues.

4. Bereavement.

5. Marriage Divorce.

6. Your Financial issues. Why? 

Because all the details are PERSONAL, and not professional regarding your job.


State the bare minimum facts and stop.

There isn't no “rule” for this.

Whether you'd explain gaps in your resume, cover e-mail or in at interview; the choice and the decision are in your hands.

What is "ESSENTIAL" is that you must keep it short and as devoid of emotion as much as possible.

Don’t traumatize/think yourself any much further.

For RECRUITERS/MANAGERS: Please refrain from asking irrelevant probing questions.

Be respectful of the fact that Life happens, and that it can happen to you too, at anytime.

We are ALL on this TOGETHER, working all TOGETHER. 

So be kind, show empathy and just be…. HUMAN! so show HUMANITY to others.

Give those people a chance!



REAL STORY: The interviewer hired a Candidate with a 2 year of employment gap on his "RESUME".

The candidate was so very talented and cleared all rounds during the interview.

When the Interviewer asked to the applicant, "Do you have any Questions?".

The Applicant said, "Why didn’t you grill me more about my employment gap?

The interviewer "smiled" simply replied, “Being on both sides of the interview process give me a different perspective.

Life happens to anyone even by myself. Once you have the right skills and right attitude for the job, that’s my main focus.

Someone took a chance on "ME" and I am going to take a chance on "YOU"."

The Interviewer said, I have learned over the years if you want the best talent, stop looking for perfection.

It does not exist!

LESSONS: Resumes don’t perform the jobs. it’s the applicant – so hire applicant and not resumes. 


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Tips How to deal applicants with employment gap on their resume?

Handling a job interview with an employment gap on your resume can be challenging, but with the right approach, you can navigate this situation successfully. Here are a few tips to help you:

  1. Be prepared: Research the company and the role you're interviewing for. Understand their expectations and requirements so that you can highlight your skills and experiences that are relevant to the position.

  2. Address the gap proactively: When discussing your work history, briefly mention the employment gap and provide a concise explanation without dwelling on it. Be honest and focus on the steps you took during that time to stay productive and enhance your skills.

  3. Highlight relevant experiences and skills: Emphasize any volunteer work, freelance projects, or training you undertook during the employment gap that relates to the position you are applying for. This will demonstrate your motivation and commitment to personal and professional growth.

  4. Focus on accomplishments: Highlight any achievements or outcomes from your previous roles that are pertinent to the position. Showcase the value you can bring to the company based on your past accomplishments and experiences, ensuring the interviewer sees your potential.

  5. Stay positive and confident: Maintain a positive attitude throughout the interview. Discuss how you are eager to contribute your skills and knowledge to the company. Show confidence in your abilities and emphasize your willingness to learn and adapt.

Remember, employers understand that employment gaps can happen for various reasons. What matters most is how you address and handle the situation during the interview. By approaching the conversation with confidence and showcasing your relevant skills, you can help alleviate concerns and increase your chances of success. Good luck!

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