There are many reasons why people may have employment gaps on their resume and LinkedIn profile. Some may be by choice and others based on circumstances.
Some reasons could include COVID, elder care, foster care, child care, raising a family, medical or health, mental health, relocation, natural disasters, education or training, downsized, termination, resignation, travel pursuits, starting a business, career pivot, personal project(s), and more.
No matter the reason, it’s best to be upfront and include the gap information concisely on the resume and LinkedIn. Depending on the cause, hopefully, the listed gap answers the question before it is asked.
You must position it as though it was a thing of the past and will not interfere with your future-forward.
So what can you call it? Family Sabbatical, Elder Care Sabbatical, Elder Care & Estate Sabbatical, Personal Sabbatical, or Education Sabbatical.
During an interview, you must also prepare how you will answer the question of “why did you leave your last job?” Here’s an article that answers the top ten interview questions and another for behavioral interview questions.
You may have heard that it is easier to get a job while you have a job. On LinkedIn, it is better to have a (date – present) job than to have a job that has an end date. Read this article and that article.
As a nonprofit leader, we always welcome volunteers to share their expertise and fill those employment gaps for a Win-Win! Let us know how we can help each other!
Missed the previous article on Secrets to Writing Resumes for Bots Versus Humans? Read it here.
With the editorial staff taking a break next week, below you will find a longer list of events below. Hope to see you soon on Zoom on Clubhouse! Register on the links on the events page on the website.
- 7/9 Fri – Interview Techniques
- 7/9 Fri – Job Seeker Power Hour – Virtual Interviews with Confidence on Clubhouse
- 7/10 Sat – I Landed a Job During the Pandemic; Here’s How AFFILIATE
- 7/12 Mon – Career Success Group
- 7/12 Mon – Project Planning Your Job Search
- 7/13 Tues – What’s Your Shtick? Personal Branding Online & Off
- 7/13 Tues – Three Ways You Can Go from Surviving to Thriving – 10 Seconds at a Time
- 7/13 Tues – Business Executives Networking Group (BENG)
- 7/14 Wed – PowerThinking Resiliency Building Call-In AFFILIATE
- 7/14 Wed – Live LinkedIn Profile Reviews
- 7/15 Thurs – The New Era of Nonprofit Entrepreneurship: Where You Fit In
- 7/15 Thurs – What’s Your Shtick? Personal Branding Online & Off
- 7/16 Fri – Interview Techniques
- 7/16 Fri – Job Seeker Power Hour – Tips to Be Your Best Self (on Clubhouse)
- 7/17 Sat – LinkedIn Part 2 of 3
- 7/17 Sat – Five Keys for Launching a Legally Sound Business
- 7/19 Mon – Career Success Group
- 7/20 Tues – Maximizing the Value of LinkedIn During Your Job Search
- 7/20 Tues – Business Executives Networking Group (BENG)
- 7/21 Wed – PowerThinking Resiliency Building Call-In AFFILIATE
- 7/22 Thurs – Career Success Group
- 7/22 Thurs – Strategic Research-based Approaches to LinkedIn
- 7/22 Thurs – Ten Vital Strategies to maximize Your Career Success
- 7/22 Thurs – Business Executives Networking Group (BENG)
- 7/23 Fri – Interview Techniques
- 7/23 Fri – Job Seeker Power Hour – Courage, Confidence, and Action Steps (on Clubhouse)
- 7/26 Mon – How to Make Your Third Chapter the Best One Yet