Explaining Gaps in Employment

Explaining Gaps in Employment

When you get to the interview, be prepared to discuss your resume. In addition to 

explaining why you left previous companies and chit chat about the position, if you have 

any gaps in employment are prepared to explain them. Many people are scared that an 

the interviewer is going to discover that they were without a job for some time. It is not 

necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to be able to tell the interviewer why in the best 

possible light.

You should always be honest when explaining any absence from working, but you do 

have a license to spin what you did do in the best possible light. For instance, if you were 

laid off your job and had a hard time finding a replacement but spent a lot of time with 

your children you could say, “I took an opportunity to spend a few months with my 

children in between jobs.” If you took any courses or classes that add value to your 

skills as an employee are sure to mention that as well. You may find it beneficial to add a 

a brief explanation on the resume itself or in a cover letter. Most times it is hard to get to 

an interview if there is a lengthy and unexplained employment gap.

If you are unsure what possible questions could be generated from your resume, have 

another person looks at it. It is best to be prepared for certain questions and scenarios that 

will likely come up in an interview. You do not want to be caught unaware or 

floundering for an answer. Give yourself time to figure out the best explanation for times 

of unemployment so an interviewer sees it as reasonable or even beneficial to them in the 

case of additional education and classes.

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