Job interview questions and answers (Part 13): How to explain employment gaps
October 11, 2019
In this week’s job search tip, we’re gonna be going over how to explain employment gaps while you’re searching for jobs. That’s coming up! Hey guys, I’m Kim with Snagajob, your number one source for hourly jobs and welcome to Job Hunters, our weekly job search advice show. We show you everything from resume tips to interview advice and everything in between. Now this week we’re gonna go over how you should explain employment gaps in your job interview. Now this can be pretty scary, especially if you’re straight out asked about your employment history. And here are the top three reasons we hear for employment gaps. I had to leave my last job four years ago because of some medical issues. What will employers think about that? A number of years ago I stopped working to take care of my Mom as she had gotten pretty sick. I’m ready to get back to work now, what do I say? I’ve been a stay at home Mom for the last two years, how would I explain this to an employer? So keep in mind it’s OK to have gaps in your employment history and that employers are use to seeing them. You’re not the first the person who has ever had to take off time from work and you certainly won’t be the last. Now you do want to explain the situation but without going into too much detail. Employers don’t need to know the specific medical issues you are having or things your Mom was going through when you were taking care of her. Employers really want to see what you’ve been up to. You want to show them that you’ve been busy and how your experience will make you a valuable employee. So be sure to include any volunteer work or activities you’ve done that can really make you stand out. I had to leave my job a few years ago to deal with some medical issues that came up. Everything’s been resolved, and I’m ready to get back to work. Actually, since that time, I’ve been taking classes at the library to brush up on my computer skills. About five years ago, I needed to leave my job to act as a caregiver for a sick family member. It was during that time I realized my passion for helping others which is why I’m excited about this opportunity to work for your company. I’ve been working as a stay at home Mom for the last two years. During that time, I’ve really perfected my time management and organizational skills. I’ve also been volunteering at the local food bank where I oversee and coordinate several food drives. So while you may think having a gap on your resume is a bad thing, we hope this video changed your mind. In fact, many employers will admire your reasoning for your gap in employment history. So thanks for joining us today. If you like this video, please let us know so we’ll know to continue to make videos like this. And if you have any questions about your job search in general, comment below and we’ll make sure to get back to you. We may even make a video about it. And if you’re ready to get your job search started, click the button at the bottom of the screen and it will take you to snagajob.com to start your job search today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel by giving that button one little click and you’ll get a new job search video every Wednesday. Bye!