You are a diligent worker and constantly seeking job opportunities, yet cannot seem to get your foot in the door. This is a growing frustration as a gap in your work history begins to expand. Gaps in employment can happen to almost anyone, so don’t lose all hope just yet!
There are many reasons an employment gap can happen. Obviously, some reasons are better than others, but most can be twisted into a positive light. Following the below should help you on your journey to end that hated gap!
What you choose to do with your life is completely up to you… With that said, you may have to deal with repercussions of your decisions. Okay, enough with the parental lecture. We say that because a gap is a gap whether you go to prison or a 6-month backpacking trip.
Whatever the reason for your gap is, you must try and spin it into a growing point as a person. This may turn into a pretty personal question depending on your circumstances, but you should be able to discuss it. The goal of this question is to see if you understand the concerns of a job gap.
A hiring manager will assume you chose not to work if you do not explain otherwise.
Lying during the interview process can have obvious negative implications.
Please do not make-up positions you have held to close gaps in employment. During your gap, research resources at your disposal to assist in training and courses to help better your experience.
For further help with possible interview questions see our article 50 Top Job Interview Questions And Answers.
The most important segment of your response is relating skills you have learned to the job description. This is not just through your past positions, but during your employment gap specifically. We suggest making a list of all your activities including volunteer work, training, and even hobbies.
If you are applying for an industry you are qualified for, your skills should align with the experience needed. We understand that the job search can be frustrating, but it only takes one recruiter to see potential in you. Keep your head up and have thorough responses prepared and you will find a position that fits!