Questions tagged [employment-gaps]

Periods of time not accounted on a resume. Generally these may be where someone was looking for work for years, in prison, took a long vacation or did other things than work or be in school.

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3 Year Employment Gap Due to Family and Personal Illness

I recently encountered a student with a 3 year employment gap because of ill family members and their own illness. They had completed a graduate degree from a top 20 engineering school in a very in ...
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How do i justify myself to a prospective employer why I'm quitting a job that i joined two months back?

I'm an indian and i finished my graduation in 2015. Then joined a service based MNC in feb 2016 and worked there for a year and half. I quit the company(Aug 2017) in order to pursue higher studies. ...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

My situation: 32 years old Modest salary as a software dev ($45k) $50k in savings Just under 6 years experience as a developer I never did the whole 'travel the world' thing when I was younger. I ...
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Will this pandemic lead to discrimination against the unemployed over the long term? [closed]

I was laid off in February as part of my employer (An airline) cutting costs. I am an IT contractor, so was one of the first to go. We are getting to about 6 months of unemployment and that is ...
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Minimizing damage when looking for a job due to leaving the previous one after a month

About a month ago I was deceived into accepting a job where the job listing and the real job were light years apart. After realizing I wasn't going to be happy and failing to negotiate a better future ...
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Is discrimination against the unemployed going to return after this COVID thing? Why do employers do this and how do you counteract it? [closed]

I got laid off in February. It should have been fine but then the covid hit and I will soon be considered long term unemployed. During the last recession employers didnt want those people and it was a ...
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How to disclose a temporary job?

I recently got laid off in early April. I don't have any savings so I took a job since in late April to pay the bills. The job is in a different field and is about half my old salary, so I have ...
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Corona virus pandemic - How to handle a large gap in my resume?

I do software test automation/QA and I don't have a CS degree. But, I do have some working knowledge of data structures and algorithms which has been enough for me to do my job thus far. I left my ...
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I'm about to graduate. Should I include a previously halfway completed academic program on my resume?

After school I went to college. I studied there for 2 years (the program was of 4 years) but for some personal reasons, I dropped out and then got myself enrolled in a different college and program. ...
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Shift away focus a way from gap in cv / from past to future

After I quit my last job (IT) I took a long break (over 2 years). Currently I am in the process of interviewing for a new job and of course I get asked about this gap in my CV. After some feedback I ...
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How to explain a year long gap in the resume during interviews?

I did my Master's degree in materials science in 2013. I eventually wanted to pursue a pursue a PhD, so I stayed at home and started applying for positions. However, I managed to join a position in ...
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Alternating two years of working with one year of sabbatical [closed]

As a software engineer, is a feasible plan to alternate two years of working with one year of sabbatical? I was thinking about the possibility to change companies each time rather than staying in the ...
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Gap of unemployment

It's already 3 months since I graduated in CSE. I got placed through campus in a startup, worked as a Software developer trainee for 6 months which was to be converted into Full-time offer in June ...
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Putting Continuing Education for Employment Gap on Resume

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 ...
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Quit after 2 months, should I put job in resume?

I joined a company about two months ago. I do not mind the work but the work environment is very toxic (just found out that two people left this position in the last year). I really tried to adjust ...
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How to cover for my employment gap through my side projects?

I resigned from a software company recently to pursue my passion for developing web applications. After I've resigned I started working on building several side projects each day. I worked on making ...
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Removing jobs from my previous career from my resume?

I'm a mid-career professional. About 7 years ago, I changed careers. The two lines of work are both related to technology but have little in common otherwise. Line of work "A": I was laid off ...
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What should I do about the 3-4 months gap in my employment history?

I quit my previous job earlier this year because I got a freelance job which was paying much higher and had flexible work hours. I was able to travel a lot during these 4 months and also worked on a ...
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Must I explain the reason for a gap in my employment history on the resume itself or is the cover letter sufficient?

My employer granted me a one-year sabbatical in 2016. As a result, my resume currently looks like this: Foo Widget Corp, Senior Engineer, January 2014 -- February 2016, February 2017 -- Present In ...
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Deferring a return to the software industry to take my project commercial [closed]

Good day, all! At the dawn of this new year I left seminary studies to return to the world of software, where I had previously worked for over 8 years. But rather than returning directly and ...
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What should I do if I forgot to put a job on my application

I just got a new job and I had a gap for one month and I indicated I was unemployed just to complete the form. But I forgot about a 2 week job that quit because it was not my job path or something I ...
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I was technically employed, but have nothing to show for it - How do I explain this?

For the past few years I've been "working" at my father's company. My dad's business is in software development, but it's in Field A. I am trained as a software developer, but am focused on Field B - ...
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Multiple offers with varied benefits

This was my question that I had posted here. Salary expectation and negotiation after a gap in career I have been diligently preparing for the interviews, updating my skill set, been attending ...
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Does having a gap of 3 years in my education mean that I'll have trouble getting a job even with 2 years of work experience? [closed]

I started my engineering degree in 2011, but completed it in 2018 instead of expected 2015. I was a very average student. Luckily after completing a software testing course, I got an internship in ...
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Worth quitting job and risk having a gap in resume/cv?

I'm currently working for a seemingly great company. However I don't really feel challenged, often bored with the work I get and sometimes even flat out don't have any work to do. Furthermore the ...
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Employment gap due to sick family member

A recent graduate I know has not been working for 1.5 years after graduating with a graduate degree in Engineering due to taking care of ill family member/parent. In the time of unemployment, they ...
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Salary expectation and negotiation after a gap in career

I am an Indian female who was into software development for quite a few years and later took a break of six years. I plan to come back to the industry now. I have learnt the latest technologies that ...
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How and where to address thru-hikes in a resume? [duplicate]

I quit my job more than 6 months ago. Since then, I've thru-hike accross the US along the Continental Divide Trail (148 days of walking, 2800mi/4500km), and now I'm engaged in thru-hiking the Pyrenees,...
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Made a mistake on my CV regarding length of employment

I was offered a job verbally and was advised that background checks would be carried out. I have been contacted by a third party company asking about the dates of employment as I advised on my CV that ...
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Determining employment end date on resume

On 1/17, I was told in writing by my last employer that my job has ended today but I am entitled to payment in lieu of notice for the next 6 months, and so I was kept on the payroll from 1/17 to 4/24. ...
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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?

I have education and work experience in IT, specifically in web development. I have been programming and writing markup for 15 years. I have worked professionally as a web developer and used those ...
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How to list two jobs at the same company on resume with a break

I have a problem in listing two jobs at the same company. I was hired with a contract of 2 years for a project (from April 2014 to April 2016). After that, I did not want to take the first job, so I ...
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Employment gaps [closed]

Should I quit my job to apply for a 4-month full-stack coding bootcamp (lots of good reviews)? It'll leave a 4-month employment gap on my resume. I already have a 2-year employment gap when I quit ...
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Have not kept in touch with former boss. Can I reach out to ask for reference?

I left my job one year ago to care for disabled loved one. Due to life changes, I may be headed back to the work place in another year or so. I have not spoken to my previous boss or other supervisor ...
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Can I take one month break between two jobs?

Background: I work for a service based company at client location. I received a new work opportunity, but the joining date is not near. It's about 45 days from now. My question: Would it leave a ...
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How to fix a gap in resume going back to work for a previous company

How can I fix my resume in this specific case? I worked for company A from Feb 2015 to Feb 2017 (with a fixed term contract). In March, because of that, I joined company B that after a while ...
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How to mention gaps in CV due to compulsory military service and test preparations?

Recently I have started writing my CV, but the problem is that there were two time gaps that I have to explain. I was in the army for 11 months due to the compulsory military service in my country. ...
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To fill or Not to fill current Resume Gap?

So I've been unemployed since April and I wasn't able to get any jobs due to my visa situation. In the meanwhile, I got married and applied for adjustment of status so my wife and I get to work in the ...
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How do I avoid explaining the reason for my sabbatical in an interview?

I intend to take a sabbatical to write a book about the domain I work in (I will quit my current job and spend some months to write it). It would be on a topic that some might think it's controversial....
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Strategies for getting work experience to enter workforce when overqualified

My partner has a PhD in Semiconductor Physics from one of the best universities in the world and extreme interest in low level electronics engineering. His research career fell through a few years ago ...
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How should I explain employment gap taken intentionally for learning new skills?

I have been working as an Android developer for the past 1.8 years and recently left my job. Even though I have decent knowledge of Android development, I believe one can never rely only on one ...
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Dismissed for not asking questions, what to tell next employer? [closed]

I got dismissed after 2 months during probation period. Before that I had a 6-month gap due to trying to find an "ideal" work and rejected some offers. What do I tell my future employers? I think no ...
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I quit a job after 3 months without serving notice period. Can I hide this job from future employers without consequences? [duplicate]

I joined a company 3 months ago. Then I got a better offer from another company. I quit the old job without serving notice period and joined the new company. I sent an email to the old company that ...
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Should I apply to a job knowing it's temporary? [closed]

I have been out of work for about a year, and for the last six months have been operating a sole-prop consulting business and digital agency. While it pays the bills, money is getting tight and the ...
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Can I justify a period of unemployment, used to focus on personal projects, to prospective employers?

I have worked as a software developer at a small company for just under a year now, and for various reasons I have decided that it is best for me to leave the company in the near future. Initially I ...
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How should you negotiate salary during the hiring process AFTER a long career gap?

I had to take a 3 year career break to deal with a long running family commitment and I am now returning to my normal career and applying for jobs. How should I answer the usual question of "What ...
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How to manage a software developer interview after long career gap?

I am a software engineer who took a number of years off to deal with a family commitment that is now resolved. I have started applying for software developer roles. Can anyone advise how I should ...
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How to explain career gap due to long running legal drama?

My normal work history was I started as a software engineer and then eventually became a software (or "technical") architect. My wife runs her own business and some years ago she took what she thought ...
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Resume for numerous small employment gaps in the past

Suppose in your career history there is a time of about 2 years where you were not working fully but only for like a few months and then there is a gap of few months and then again an employment of ...
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Cannot use previous employer as reference - how do I explain this?

I'm helping my wife write a resume for her job application, and a rather unfortunate thing has been brought up - her most recent employer is actually dead. That is to say, the only person who had any ...