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Employment Gaps: Don’t Ruin Your Chances with Blank Spaces.


There’s often nothing more disconcerting than taking a look at your CV prior to a job application and realising there’s a rather large and glaring gap.

Prior to having the chance to actually plead your case in person, this is the only thing the prospective employer has by which to form an impression of who you are and what you’re all about. Suffice to say, large empty areas tend not to convey the right first-impression at all, though gaps in your CV and your employment record need not necessarily cost you the job you’re applying for.

It’s always advisable to make sure there’s something relevant written in all areas of the CV, which in the case of a blank space or gap should be something of an explanation/justification which ideally turns a negative into a positive.

Be Sure to Specific Why You ‘Left’ Your Prior Job.

For example, when there’s a sudden end to a person’s employment seemingly out of the blue and followed by a gap, it’s natural for an employer to assume that the person was fired…and quite spectacularly. This of course may not be the case at all as the company could have moved, downsized, gone bankrupt or a million other things. As such, make sure you clarify why your prior job ended.

If You Were Fired, Don’t Mention This Now.

If on the other hand you were fired with both barrels, this isn’t necessarily the time to start pleading your case. Instead, speak of your ‘contract ending’ without giving any specifics and be sure to focus on everything positive about the job up until the moment it came to an end. Employers never respond kindly to applicants who use applications to call their old bosses and brands every name under the sun, so keep it positive and paint a glowing picture of everything you did and are.

If You Say You Quit, Make Sure There’s a Good Reason.

Your possible new boss doesn’t want to think you’re the kind to quit out of nowhere for no good reason, so if you state that you left your old job off your own bat, be sure to tell them why. Maybe you had family issues that took priority, you may have embarked on a global voyage of discovery or perhaps you just needed a new challenge – whatever it takes to make sure the move comes across as a positive one.

Filling the Gaps.

In terms of the actual employment gaps themselves, never leave huge spaces with no entries at all as this gives the impression you were simply sitting on your hands and watching TV the whole time. Instead, focus on the positive and productive things you did during the gap which could include:

  • Courses, classes and private home studying.
  • Unpaid work experience and volunteer work.
  • Freelance work.
  • Private projects and hobbies.
  • Valuable experience of any kind.

Or in other words, focus on what you did as opposed to what you didn’t do.

Be Honest.

Last but not least, the worst thing you can do when looking to explain a career gap is to take the low road and lie. The reason being that not only is it wrong, but it will only be a matter of time before you’re found out anyway.


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