Explaining unemployment gap

Explaining unemployment gap (September 25, 2013)

If you have been out of work for a length of time and are worrying about the gap on your resume, don’t be too concerned: Employers today are aware that it’s difficult to find full-time work.

But if you’ve taken time off to raise a family, your gap may be longer than a year or two. In that case, don’t be afraid to be upfront about your time off.

“In the work history area on their resume, a mother can simply state that they were a full-time parent or homemaker to account for the years they stayed at home,” says Natalie Gahrmann, author of “Succeeding as a Super Busy Parent” (Infinity Publishing.com, $14.95).

“In the cover letter, they can address the stay at home time without taking away from the purpose of the resume. Motherhood can even be positioned as a sabbatical from which they are returning to the world of work refreshed, motivated and with new skills and abilities.”