Going for an interview with a career gap can be often scary because of how it will be
perceived and this fear is completely understandable especially because of how
commercialized all industries are.
Start with understanding why career gaps are disliked. Often when people have a
gap, they lose touch with their work, loose connection with their network and the
market changes at this time as well. Not knowing how things work and having
the employee that is not updated is a setback for any company and that is why they do
not favor those with a gap.
Nonetheless, there are some tips and tricks to make your career gap less obvious.
While writing your job experience, instead of mentioning the exact dates of start and
end, mention just the year. Example – if you had a gap between working at two
companies, rather than writing your duration like- Company X: 2/3/2005-14/5/2014,
Company Y: 23/2/2015-5/9/2019, conceal it by writing it like- Company X: 2005-
2014, Company Y:2015-2019. If your break has been a small one then in most cases
it will go unnoticed.
Choose the resume format carefully, choose one that does not highlight the working
dates, or has a small font type for the date. If you have a lot of experience, write only the most important ones and omit some. This will help make the gap undetectable and if the gap was taken long back then, it may be rendered irrelevant. Only gaps taken in the recent past have an effect. These are some ways to conceal your career gap but recruiters are quite
experienced so always assume they will find about it. Do not shy away from the
question and do not lie. Small gaps varying from a month to six can also be
categorized under job seeking.
Write down any recommendation from past jobs to have a positive reinforcement of
your skills and to get the interviewer to believe that your skills can hold their own
while working. If you worked on any projects, mentioning that it will show your
enthusiasm. Write the results of your project in the form of quantifiable data such as
percentages and comparison with other projects of the same category. This will
make the interviewer believe that you know what you are doing and are confident
in doing it.
One would be not mentioning the career gap yourself if they answer the question
upfront and truthfully. Emphasize what you did and learned in that period rather than
exposing what you didn’t. Tell them about the latest skill development that you
worked upon and how it prepared you for this job today. Make the gap look like a
positive break rather than an employment hiatus which will help you work even better
than you did before. Talk with confidence and show your passion, this will do the trick. If your skillset is polished and updated, more often than not recruiters will not take the gap seriously.
The whole point of using these are to make yourself look competent and make the
recruiter believe that you do not lack any skills or are less talented than any of the
other candidates just because you took a break.
Interviewers may take a stricter interview once they get to know about the gap. The
very first question they will ask is about the reason you took the gap. May it be
personal or due to unavoidable reasons, be truthful and clear about it. If you took a
gap for leisure purposes, list out any charity/ social work or association with NGOs,
this will create a socially responsible image of you and companies like hiring such
individuals since that boosts their image as well. Doing these may seem like very
small changes but these small facts are the things that make you an asset instead of
a liability. Do not show your fear and face the interview with fierceness.
Lastly, assure them that this was a one-time thing and will not be happening again
as long as the reason for the gap was an emergency, like getting medical treatment
or if you faced an accident.
Hope you understood how to make your resume with a career gap. Follow these
above tricks and your interview will go smoothly. If you need help with anything else,
let us know in the comments below and all the best !!


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