Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
A lapse in employment often creates a highly visible gap of unexplained time off from the workforce in a resume or application. And, if the hiring organization places a high value on job continuity or on recent experience working with a currently trending set of skills, an applicant with long-term lapses in employment history may face the extra challenge to present a resume or application that stands out from the rest.
The resume or application will need to emphasize and outshine others in different set of skills or attributes of high interest to such organization. The company’s website, online research, and professional networking circles – in person or online – would be great sources of information. While networking, don’t forget to exchange information about yourself, and of your career accomplishments and goals.
Also, let’s accept that you’re in a unique situation; you’re not a standard applicant with a standard resume life. Take time to adapt to your job search with this outlook in mind – own it and be proud of what you’ve accomplished while off the workforce. Definitely share this valuable information. Include a cover letter to provide a brief note on such accomplishments and the new set of skills you’ve mastered through your journey; or you could place this information on your resume in list form. Ultimately, the organization that will invite you for an interview is one seeking your skills and experience. The real quest, though, is to land an interview at the organization that will value the set of skills, work experience, and personal attributes you’ve mastered on and off the workforce and where you’ll be to utilize such to succeed and prosper.
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