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I had a period that I was unemployed due to being a caregiver for my grandmother. I marked unemployed in the employer section like it stated but it wants me to fill out all fields. I'm unsure how to answer those questions like the address and other fields marked with astericks.

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    Is this an automated web-form? – Erik Jul 24 '17 at 9:17
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    Simple N/A's would suffice? What fields are they actually requiring you to complete? – thebluefox Jul 24 '17 at 9:17
  • How long a period? As you can see from the comments you need to edit lots more info into your question. – user8036 Jul 24 '17 at 9:43
  • Very much related: workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/2535/… – user8036 Jul 24 '17 at 9:44
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    Honesty is the best policy, as per the answer of How to explain gap in employment history. I would see unemployment from taking care of family members as a good personality trait. – DCON Jul 24 '17 at 10:31
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I would recommend not marking it as "unemployed".

Being unemployed carries a big stigma when it comes to job applications. If you were working as a personal caregiver (especially for a family member) then it is far preferable to put that down instead of "unemployed".

  • I'm saying, rather than saying "unemployed" saying "caregiver" (and provide some details). – Kaz Jul 24 '17 at 11:42
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    Unless you're being paid to be a caregiver, it's not employment. And even if there's some kind of compensation, it's not your normal line of work. I think it would be harder to explain this as work. – Thomas Owens Jul 24 '17 at 12:15
  • I'm not sure there is much of a stigma on a gap anymore. I have had a couple of occasions where there was a gap of a month or two which was easily explained that the previous contract had ended/had funding cut and they let all/most of the staff go. It happened once with a one week notice. Usually people didn't even ask. I think if you are honest about it, they will understand. – bluegreen Jul 24 '17 at 12:25

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