For a job seeker, one of the most difficult things to manage and discuss are gaps in a resume. The gaps we are discussing refer to six-plus months of extended periods of time without employment. In the current job market when a candidate’s resume demonstrates these extended periods between jobs, often prospective employers and recruiters will simply pass over the resume.
RX2 Solutions MUST preface the following section with one main point; throughout this article, RX2 Solutions does NOT encourage or support anyone to lie, fabricate, or embellish the truth.
Let’s say you have not worked in six, twelve, or twenty-four months; what do you put on your resume to “hide” those gaps, or what do you say to the hiring manager when they ask you about why you weren’t working?
When you include this in your resume, format it to look like a job: include the dates and what responsibilities you had, what you were studying, and so forth.
If you are not doing anything other than “looking for a job” and it has been over 6 months, you might want to start thinking about doing something. You never know - it just might find you the next opportunity.
Two quick points about some things people do with gaps - which they never should: