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Addressing Employment Gaps On Your Resume

Kent Nolen

Q. I’ve seen a few resumes where the person explains employment gaps in the experience section.  I was told this was not a good idea.  Is that still true? A. I can’t think of a reason why a candidate would speak to employment gaps on the resume itself.  If a gap is significant, it should be tactfully addressed in the cover letter.  The keyword there is tactfully.  For instance, if you were a stay at home parent and are now looking to re-enter the workforce, you might include the following language:

“I have spent several rewarding years raising my family and volunteering within my community.  I am now looking to re-focus on my career goals...”

You can see how that quickly addresses the gaps but almost instantly moves the conversation back to a focus on career aspirations.  This general approach is effective in many situations.

Having said all that, the best advice I can offer someone who has employment gaps is the same advice I offer to all clients – focus on communicating your impact and providing the reader with clear, quantifiable achievements.  If you can do this effectively, even larger gaps become less of a roadblock.