Don’t let a career break define you. Highlight the incredible work you did as a stay at home parent or caregiver, because that’s just as important and valuable. – Tim Dyck
Employment gaps happen and they are nothing to be ashamed of. There is no reason to hide your employment gap on your resume. Embrace it and showcase the valuable skills and experiences you gained during that time. It is important to be upfront about them. And believe it or not, there are some fun and creative ways to communicate these gaps on your resume.
For example, if you were a stay-at-home mom returning to the workforce, you can include that period as if it were a job. List the employer as the name of your household and the position title as Stay at Home Mom. Highlight the skills you gained during that time, like managing logistics and transportation for a family of five.
There are also ways you can address negative experiences with certain companies. One strategy is to only include the years of employment instead of specific dates. That allows you to leave out short-term negative work experiences without creating an obvious gap. Ultimately, be honest and creative in a way that presents you as a valuable candidate. Employers appreciate authenticity.
Make sure to listen to this conversation for more strategies and tips around addressing employment gaps. Your career journey may have taken unexpected turns, but that doesn’t diminish your worth. Be upfront about your experiences and let employers see the real you.
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00:07:13 – Overcoming Stigma
00:08:19 – Unwanted Experiences
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00:15:07 – Acknowledging Caregiving Responsibilities
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00:16:17 – Owning Imperfections