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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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Gap in Resume/Employment History - Returning for Masters at 27 years old

My question concerns the perception of CV gaps due to returning to full-time education. The question Will a two-year gap in employment (or working part-time for 2 years in something such as a store or ...
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gap in resume for political reason

So, i am currently having a 2 year gap in my resume, that i can justify, but it would have me disclose political activity (those activity are not illegal, but are pretty fringe political wise) ...
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Career gaps and not worked for more than 1 to 1.5 years in any company. Plus I need to switch career

I really need help on this. My resume has some around 2 career breaks, also, I have around 6years work experience in 4 companies. I have seen a couple of HRs and managers, question my stability. How ...
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How do I explain a wasted year gap? (2022 to 2024)

I was an excellent student in high school, but due to life circumstances after I graduated, I couldn't complete my college summer semester. So I had to withdraw. And in the Fall semester, I know it ...
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Lying about recent employment, helping me deal with anxiety

Summary: I lied on a job application, saying I've worked at last job for a year when I worked there for a month. I would like to correct that in order to avoid bad background check. What is the ...
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Work that I reasonably do without publications post Ph.D (R2 university)?

I'm a fourth year student in an Experimental Psychology Ph.D program with an accepted MA also in Experimental Psychology from a different program. I'm posting here since I'm about to graduate in May ...
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Trying for a software developer job with 9 years of gap after education

I graduated in 2015 with a mechanical engineering degree and didn't apply for a job at any private company, rather started preparing for government jobs and got obsessed with it. Cracked some written ...
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Rejoining after 1 year of gap in Software industry in India

One year ago I took a voluntary resignation out of a product based company. I wanted to explore government job opportunities, but couldn't succeed. I wanted to rejoin IT industry, but not sure about ...
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Can I hide my 15-day employment in the next background check? I have showed it in my current BG check

I’ve left my first company. And had to join another since I didn’t have other offers. Now that I’ve another offer, I’m planning to join this other company and I’ve been open with them regarding my new ...
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How to address year off in resume for software developer?

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 ...
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What is 'working for somebody who works for somebody else' called?

I am stuck on how to describe this position on my resume. A friend of mine works for a company. The company did not hire me, but he paid me (over the table) to do some of the work. What is this called?...
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question about background check - discrepancy

I hope this message finds you well. I was offered a job about three weeks ago. During my background check, I stated that I had worked for my previous employer for five years. However, I did not get to ...
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Resume fill gap while migration

I recently moved to US. Had to quit my last job Associate Data Scientist in June to follow up on the immigration process and interviews post pandemic. I got the green card a few weeks ago, have been ...
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Is a tumultuous 5 year period when first looking for a job due to a disability a significant red flag for modern recruitment procedures?

I'm disabled (autistic) and have found that if the company doesn't meet certain reasonable requirements that are thankfully considered a common standard in the industry I work in (IT), I struggle to ...
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7 years of gap after 12th and 2 years of gap between my bachelors degree?

I completed my 12th standard in 2014, after that I wanted to be a musician however my parents didn't allow me to pursue music then I started learning myself learnt basics of guitar and music ...
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Declining to provide request for references

So the long and short of it is that I fell out of the job market due to illness in my previous job. Unfortunately, there was certainly a component of mental illness to it (i.e. stress and health-...
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Should I contact the hiring manager before background check shows a 4 month position I didn’t include on application?

Due to COVID I was employed for only 4 months and have been laid off for 11 months. Accepted an offer today contingent on background check. This 4 month gig was not listed on my resume nor the ...
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Should I Fudge an Unemployment Gap? [duplicate]

I've been steadily employed for the past 2.5 years at the same job but I've decided that it's not for me and I've been interviewing elsewhere. Prior to my current job, I was unemployed for 14 months ...
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Unemployed for a year - interviewer says they want someone with more experience

I have been unemployed for a year. Over the last ~10 years I have worked as a software developer, then a mathematical modeller, then back to software developer. These were all fixed term contracts, ...
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5 months career gap before Masters

I am planning to join a Master's program abroad in the US this Fall (starting in August) and have received an admit for the same. I am currently employed and have told my employer about this. I wish ...
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How to effectively mention an exam-preparation-break in resume [duplicate]

As I didn't get chance to learn new technologies in my previous job, I resigned from there and prepared for higher studies. Job market also went down that time due to COVID. Now I got a chance in a ...
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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 did ...
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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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