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How Do I Explain An Employment Gap In Interviews?

Kent Nolen

Q. I have a gap on my resume that causes me quite a bit of stress.  The good news is that I have been able to get a few interviews despite it.  The bad news is that I find it really difficult to explain the gap during interviews, even though I have nothing to hide (I just couldn’t find work).  A. With the job market as challenging as it has been for the last four years, a lot of people have gaps on their resumes.  This means that employers are a little better about looking past these gaps.

Speaking to employment gaps during an interview is much like speaking to weaknesses – be honest, succinct and shift the conversation back to your qualifications. If you have been developing yourself professionally during your time out of the workforce, great.  Speak to how what you have learned makes you a more attractive candidate.