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Gap In Your Employment History? How To Explain Resume Gaps In An Interview

Is there a gap in your employment history? Are you unsure how to job search during the
gap and how to explain this gap to your potential employer? In this video, I will talk about employment
history gaps, about ways to approach these gaps and how to justify them in your job interviews. Because without an explanation some employers
may assume that you are not a committed professional. I am Marat from EMMOTION,,
Career and Recruitment Services Agency, look me up on LinkedIn. Please subscribe to my channel below and hit
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useful. So, is this gap in your employment history
really important? Career break on a resume can indeed be a red
flag! It can make you some lose opportunities. However the reality is that this gap is as
important as YOU want to make it! There are different scenarios related to employment
gaps which I am going to cover. If your case is that you haven’t taken a career
break yet, then plan it carefully to ensure a smooth return to the workforce. And stick with me until the end, to boost
your confidence if you are currently in your employment gap. First situation: When you have had gaps or
sabbatical leave previously but your are currently employed. – What to put on your resume: If the gap was in the past, and you’ve been
employed since it occurred, you don’t need to call it out on your resume. It doesn’t mean you should be hiding it,
but give out more details in case if you are asked about it during the interview. – What to say during the interview: If you’ve been in your current role for a
year or longer and a potential employer will be focused on your most recent position, asking
you all the related questions. No need to explain every single gap or why
you left every single position and what you did in between. This will turn your interview into constantly
justifying your expertise. If you are specifically asked about a gap,
you should mention your reasons without getting in details, always focusing how you wanted
to get back to work, once certain “issues” were sorted. Continue to the situation 2, where I give
a step by step answer. You are currently in the employment gap. What to put on your resume: If you are currently in your employment gap
use different way of mentioning the gap, like using years instead of months. For example you worked at the X store, from
2018 to 2020 as a Store Manager. What did you do while you weren’t employed? Did you have a baby? Did you have to take care of a relative? Health issues? Did you freelance or consult? Was it a sabbatical leave? How about volunteering? All those would count as work or as a valid
reason for a gap. Something you can mention on your resume. Steps to formulate your interview answer if
you are currently in the employment gap. What have you done during a gap? If you have been looking for a job for a long
time and you can discuss how you are looking for a long term project and not just a paycheck. Mention everything you have done during the
gap: focus on the efforts you have made while you
have been unemployed discuss any classes you have taken or any
volunteer work you got involved in. Pursuing higher education, volunteering and
freelance projects can be very impressive. All attempts to improve your skills will be
viewed in a positive light, it could be a language class, photography or cooking skills. 2. Don’t overshare
Do not share way too much information unless you feel it’s necessary. It should be easy for you to read what to
say next or whether to share more judging by the interviewer’s reaction. The hiring manager doesn’t have to hear
every detail of your sabbatical trip Asia or a sleeping schedule of your little baby,
don’t overshare unless you see the enthusiasm of wanting to hear more about it. If you faced challenges and were forced to
take a gap due to tragedy in a family or health issues, be careful with too many details also. If you break down in tears during your interview,
which is completely normal while remembering what you’ve been through, it may seem as
you still need some time to grief over things. It could also affect on your overall confidence
during the rest of the interview. Any of us who have ever lost a family member
or have been through a sickness of close person would show empathy and understanding. 3. Be confident
You HAVE to be 100 percent confident in yourself and your employment gap explanation. If you show insecurity in your decision, the
hiring manager might feel insecure also. Don’t feel like you have to justify your decision. Just let the hiring manager know that you’ve
done what you needed to do during your time off. Own your decision and explain it clearly and
confidently. Show enthusiasm and being ready for returning
to work. Highlight why this job would be exciting for
you and an excellent fit. 4. Move on
There’s no reason to dwell on your employment gap. It’s right there on your resume, but don’t
feel as if you need to acknowledge it for more than a minute or two. Your employment gap is probably a lot shorter
than the amount of experience you have. There’s no need to let this brief moment of
time define you or what you are capable of bringing to a company. Go ahead and move onto your previous experience
and all of your accomplishments. A good way of changing the subject could be
asking the employer a question. Like “What do you like the most about this
company?” for example. Gaps in employment happen, all hiring managers
realize this. If you made it to the interview, they obviously
liked your resume. So when it comes to explaining gaps in employment
it’s best to be honest, upfront and optimistic. Don’t get discouraged if a few companies
say they’re not interested. Those are not companies you would want to
work for anyway! They probably have horrible internal policies,
toxic bosses who question every little thing you do, etc. If you found this video useful then please
give it a thumbs up and share with whoever you think it might be beneficial to. Thank you and see you in my next video coming

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