Employment gaps occur for a variety of reasons. For many women, balancing the demands of career and family can lead to employment gaps when caring for the kids took center stage. In recent years, more men have also begun taking breaks from work to stay at home with young children. While this is often a perfectly viable reason for a gap, explaining it effectively takes some strategy. One proactive measure you might consider is to briefly note the reason for your employment gap in your cover letter when you apply for the job.
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Many of us take time off, for one reason or another, from working. Sometimes, it's by choice—maybe you were raising a child, traveling, taking care of a sick relative, or went back to school. In other cases, your time off from work may occur because you were laid off or fired and it took time to find a new job. What is the best way to explain an employment gap on your resume and during a job interview? It depends on the situation and what you did while you weren't employed.
Many working moms take a break after the birth of their child for an average of two years. But returning to the workforce after an extended period away can be challenging. Some recruiters and hiring managers will be understanding about years away from the nine-to-five grind, but others may feel trepidation about hiring you. It may be hard to feel confident and qualified, too.
Prospective employers will notice significant gaps in employment on your resume, so it's in your best interest to address these gaps and offer a viable explanation up front in your cover letter. Use a positive spin with your explanation, and emphasize that the gaps have no negative impact on your current employability. Taking a break from your career path to continue your education or pursue an advanced degree is a positive aspect of your resume.