Gaps in Your Resume? How to Explain Them to a Potential Employer
Seeing gaps in your resume may raise a red flag for potential employers. Perhaps you were laid off or took time to handle a personal situation. How you explain your time away from work may make a difference in whether you secure the job you want. Follow these tips for explaining gaps in your resume to a potential employer.
Prepare in Advance
You may have taken time off to care for a sick parent, organize a major charity event or travel the world. Think about what marketable skills you picked up along the way. Create short, compelling statements to use during an interview that show how your experiences can benefit the company. For example, you may have learned to communicate more persuasively, organize more effectively or adapt to new situations more easily.
Perhaps you were searching for a job, performing freelance work or raising your children. List that on your resume. Show you’re prepared to discuss your productivity during that time, what you learned from the experience and what led you to your next opportunity. For example, if you were a stay-at-home parent, put your title as “Household Coordinator” and list skills such as “managed household of four,” “coordinated school projects” and “budgeted.” Show how your everyday activities are marketable job skills.
When discussing your employment gaps, keep your eyes on the interviewer and discuss the ways your time away from work helped you learn and grow. Keep your answers short, concise and positive. Show you’re passionate about your work and have been focusing on roles where you may add value to the company. Demonstrate ways you volunteered in your community, participated in professional development or stayed current with your industry so you can use your experiences to help fulfill your potential job responsibilities.
Follow these tips for explaining gaps in your resume to a potential employer. For further assistance with securing your next accounting or finance role, reach out to the professionals at Innovo Staffing!