I left my job about two months ago in order to go back to school full-time and to build up my skill sets in data analysis since I have mostly been working with data manipulation for Software as a Service companies.
The reason behind this sabbatical was as I was job hunting while working, I quickly found out that coming from such a specialized field where the company uses their own developed software and not outside commonly-used software. Most of the employers I was applying to were rejecting me because I had no experience with tool X or software Y even though I had a lot of transferable skills to offer. So I figured it would just be best to dive head in and train myself up to be more valuable to employers.
I am starting my job search now because my fiance has recently been laid off, and I need to find work again. I am still in school but I'm taking 9 credits instead of 12 and I am also in an online data analytics program.
Right now, I have a gap in my resume from the time that I left until now, and I know that I probably won't get a job for another couple of months so that gap is going to get bigger and more noticeable to employers.
I am not sure if I can put on my resume under my job experience something like:
Continuing Education Jun. 2019 – Present
Local Community College
- Taking classes for MySQL, Database Design, and Unix programming.
This I would hope will smooth out any gaps and let an employer know that I am doing something with my time off. I am planning to put some of my projects on my resume as well, but I am not sure where to put those.
If anyone has any ideas on how to present this in my resume, that would be great.