There may be many reasons why you have taken a break from work or have gaps on your CV. However, without explaining why they are there you could be missing out on your perfect job.
Here are our top four suggestions to plug the hole:
- Honesty is the best policy!
You don’t have to go into all the details as to why you have a gap in your employment history, but lies tend to have a way of getting out. Plus, don’t be tempted to extend the times you were in employment to cover up the gap as the interviewer could call for references.
- Positivity goes a long way!
The way that you phrase the reason why you took a break will make a lot of difference in influencing the person reading it. Instead of ‘I couldn’t find a job’, try ‘I took a break in my career to re-focus what path I wanted to pursue’.
- Show willing!
Taking a break from employment does not have to be a bad thing – there are many different things you can do to utilise the time off. This could include volunteering, learning a new skill or taking a course to further your professional development.
- Always be prepared!
An interviewer are most likely to ask you to explain the gaps on your CV. It is worth taking time before an interview to research the company to show how the gap has not affected your enthusiasm or willingness to work, and how any courses you have done in the time can be applied to the role you are interviewing for.
Remember, you don’t have to go into too many details on your CV, use your Cover Letter to explain in more detail and why this role is the perfect way for you to continue with your career.<<< BACK TO BLOG