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Andrew Arkley|April 16, 2014

Managing career gaps on a CV

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Addressing career gaps in the CV can prove to be difficult. People applying for work can dread being asked this question by interviewers. Dealing with career gaps on your CV is inevitable and should not be taken for granted for the reason that the employers might fail to notice them. CVs play an important role in locating the right resources for the employers.

The first scrutiny is by and large based on how effective and professional the applicants’ CV is. Hence, it is not only important that the applicant’s CV is written professionally but that it also takes into account any noticeable gaps and break periods that an applicant has been away from work.

First and foremost, when job seekers are looking for a job, it is important that they are truthful and honest about all the aspects including their career gaps. For instance, if an applicant concocts stories just to conceal the gaps by trying to lengthen the workdays he laboured in a particular business, there are chances that the applicant may get caught either through references or by the ‘grilling’ during an interview. Thus, it is vital that applicants understand how they can put their best foot forward by not supressing, but by highlighting the gaps in their career.

There can be a number of reasons for career gaps. This can be due to travelling, poor health, family reasons or perhaps the applicant might have been made redundant. Others might have been searching for a suitable role or switching career. Some people also often take a break from work because of their children. In all cases, applicants must highlight these issues and how these have been taken care of. This can actually provide an excellent sense to the employer of your career planning and this can subsequently be a great answer during an interview. In all cases, it is important that applicants must recognise the gap and explain well for the enlightenment of the employer. It is also important to highlight the skills acquired and knowledge gained during the time of unemployment. An important point is to lead the content of the gap towards giving reason as to how this gap actually gave preparation for the next or upcoming appointment.

It is a good idea to also highlight key skills more than identifying your career gap. Consideration should be made to designing a functional CV. This type of CV is excellent for dedicating a section of your CV to skills – rather than labouring space on history. Check out our blog post on the different types of CV to learn more. In all cases, it is important that you be honest in your CV. Career gaps are not essentially negative on a CV unless you fail to display them correctly.

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