EXPLAINING GAPS IN EMPLOYMENT

3/1/2016
Utah Career News

EXPLAINING GAPS IN EMPLOYMENT

At the interview is too late!

Employers are looking more closely at work histories. Gaps in work history can be very problematic red flags for employers. At the interview, it's far too late to deal with this problem. Workout your explanation well in advance so it comes out smoothly.

When you get to the job interview, be prepared to discuss your resume. In addition to explaining why you left previous companies and chit chat about the position, if you have any gaps in employment be prepared to explain them. Many people are scared that an job interviewer is going to discover that they were without a job for a period of time. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to be able to tell the interviewer why in the best possible light.

You should always be honest when explaining any absence fromworking, but you do have license to spinwhat you did do in the best possible light. For instance, if you were laid of your job and had a hard time finding a replacement but spent a lot of time with your children you could say, "I took an opportunity to spend a few months with my children in between jobs." If you took any courses or classes that adds value to your skills as an employee be sure to mention that as well. You may find it beneficial to add a brief explanation on the resume itself or in a over letter. Most times it is hard to get to an interview if there is a lengthy and unexplained employment gap.

If you are unsure what possible questions could be generatedfrom your resume, have another person look at it. It is best to be prepared forcertain questions and scenarios that will likely come up in an interview. Youdo not want to be caught unaware or floundering for an answer. Give yourselftime to figure out the best explanation for times of unemployment so aninterviewer sees it as reasonable or even beneficial to them in the case ofadditional education and classes.

Good job hunting!

Bob Madigan
Utah Career News Staff Writer

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