When job searching or interviewing, many people may be under the false impression that gaps between jobs on a resume are something of a deal-breaker. It isn’t so much the gap as it is how a potential candidate describes the reasons behind the gap that may negatively affect the chances of snagging a job.
Reasons behind employment gaps are, in many cases, universally shared. They can typically be explained to a hiring manager in a matter of moments as most of them have likely heard them before. These may include being laid off due to reasons like the economy, a new CEO decided to start fresh with a new team, or the company was acquired. These examples reinforce that you don’t necessarily need to go into detail unless the hiring manager asks.
In regards to detail, keep in mind that although honesty is important, you also want to keep the reasons positive. Since the hiring manager is just getting to know you, you don’t want to unintentionally reveal that a mistake led to an acrimonious split. Concentrate on the knowledge you gleaned and how this will apply to the position or a future job.
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