How Do I Handle an Employment Gap Between Jobs?
There are times in our careers where we may find ourselves in the position of having lost a job without being able to find another one immediately. This leads to the dreaded “gap in employment,” which can cause us to feel unsure about how to handle inquires surrounding this period. It may also suggest a yellow flag to prospective employers. I am often asked how to handle this gap on our resumes, in interviews, and how to maximize the time itself
I am a big fan of resumes that list employment dates by year alone, versus month and year. I like this for two reasons: Visually it reduces the clutter of your resume, making it easier for the hiring manager to read. The visual layout of a resume if absolutely mission critical. People with the most visually appealing and streamlined resumes have a greater chance of getting the interview. In addition, using years only has the sidebar benefit of making your employment history appear contiguous. Of course, that doesn’t prevent you from getting asked why you left your last job during the interview. If you do, you must always be truthful, but frequently, the subject won’t even come up.
Tomorrow: "What if I am asked to explain this gap?"