I'm a web developer and left my last position 10 months ago. It was extremely toxic and damaging to my health. I paid off all my debt and saved up about year's worth of living expenses.
My plan was to explore entrepreneurship (pet projects and/or freelancing), expand my knowledge (including non-technical things), and....well...just take some much-needed time off.
I started some pet projects but haven't quite got to point of being able to make anything into a business (all a learning process). I also did some brief freelancing before I realized that going back to 9-5 for a bit makes most sense financially for now.
Anyways..was wondering how to best address this gap on my resume. I don't think this is too uncommon in my field. Especially post-pandemic, great resignation era, and for people my age (I'm 30). I also imagine it's common for other devs to get burnt out and quit to attempt entrepreneurship. So..I'm not overly concerned about this, but I acknowledge some companies will see it as a red flag and may use it as an excuse to send lowball offers. Most companies will probably ask what I've been doing in my spare time (and I can just be honest there).
My current resume format has a brief bio about me. I was thinking maybe I can add 2-3 sentences here about my time off and exploring entrepreneurship and expanding knowledge. Any insights?
The part of my resume about actual job history will have ended in 4/2022. How should I address this gap then? I was thinking I can add some bullet points about the project I worked on and of some of the work I did for freelancing (this was literally like a week but I figure it can still occupy a bullet point). I suppose I could also leave this last part blank as my intro paragraph (and possible cover letter) can explain my sabbatical.
I understand this is entirely opinionated and so I'd like to hear thoughts from people who've done something similar and employers who deal with resumes like this.
Any tips on how to verbally explain this in interviews would be great too. Not entirely concerned about this because I can tell the truth. I've actually done this several times in some interviews I've done during the sabbatical.