If you have lost your job as a result of the recent lockdowns, you’re not alone. Even so, you may be wondering how to deal with employment gaps in your resume. While a potential employer may ask about these gaps, this isn’t something you should spend much time worrying about. Even though it shouldn’t be an issue, this guide can help you prepare for the conversation.
Why Shouldn’t You Worry About Employment Gaps?
As you create or update your resume, you should be emphasizing your experiences and skills. Rather than highlighting employment gaps, your goal should be to emphasize what expertise you bring to the position for which you’re applying. Even if you create a resume that follows a chronological theme, your emphasis should still be on the experiences that are relevant to the position.
From a potential employer’s perspective, they will also be looking at your skills and past experiences to determine whether or not you have the desired qualifications. Even if you have gone through a period of unemployment, recruiters will be much more interested in the positions you have held. If a prospective employer does ask about an employment gap, it’s best to respond honestly and calmly. Instead of letting the question rattle you, simple say you spent the time looking after your new baby or you were looking for the right position.
What to do if You’re Really Worried About an Employment Gap
If you’d really prefer to not have to explain an employment gap, fill that time with something worthwhile. If you lose your job or find that you have been laid off, one of the first things you can do is to look for ways to improve your appeal to recruiters. There are many free and low-cost training courses you can take in your community or online. You can even take a single college course that will help you update your existing career skills. Taking just one course will give you something positive to put on your resume, allowing you to eliminate a gap in employment.
While an employment gap may seem like a big deal to you, it won’t be the focus of a potential employer. Spending too much time focusing on it can cause you to feel stressed and unnecessarily tense in an interview. Whether you use your resume to gloss over a gap or further your education to fill the gap, finding a way of minimizing its importance is essential to your job hunt.