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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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 ...
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How to explain gap in employment history

I quit my job in Nov 2015 and now planning to re-join the company. I appeared for few interviews over the phone and they enquire about this gap which i was unable to answer effectively. What should ...
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I have not work for over 10 years and have no references, what steps should I take to go back to work? (US)

Through a series of unfortunate events and traumas, I've been unable to work in any shape or form for over ten years. Worse I've been isolated much of this time and have become out of touch with my ...
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How to (not) tell an potential Employer that I am unreliable?

I am 24 and normally an University Student. I do not have any Job Experience in my Field. And I am currently looking for an Job. I am already an year over the normal time. This term I forgot to ...
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Graduate with short term employments: Should I leave this job off my CV? [duplicate]

I've recently graduated, but as I was studying I did a part time weekend job which I did for 3 years. As soon as my studies finished, I got offered a full time job, which I thought would be a good ...
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How do I set the record straight?

I have been interviewing with companies but it seems like they already know that I am currently not employed. I have lied at those interviews that I was employed when I am currently not. I finished ...
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Will an irrelevant and low-wage stop-gap job hurt my chances as an aspiring developer? [duplicate]

Due to a combination of unfortunate events I am currently stuck in a small town with no opportunities in my field nor any way to move to a more promising location. As a last resort, I took on a low-...
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Employment history for visa application [duplicate]

Suppose, somebody is submitting an application for an immigration visa. Should someone mention an experience in his Employment History if the organization maintains low opinion about him? Various ...
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I have a work gap after my degree how should I approach finding a job? [duplicate]

I graduated from architecture in mid 2014 and didn't look for work in the field right away as I wanted a break (I was burnt out from working too much and studying during uni) I eventually saved up for ...
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Returning to work after long term disability

Here is my situation I have been out of work for nearly 12 years (currently on Social Security Disability Benefits). My previous job title was Senior System Analyst for a major company (I got disabled ...
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Termination from PhD program and background check

I took a break from my STEM PhD a couple of years ago but now it is looking increasingly likely that I would be kicked off the PhD program for not having completed it on time. The past couple of years ...
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Is it difficult to find work after an extended leave of absence? [duplicate]

I am in my twenties, and would like to quit my job as a shop assistant in a cake shop. I have been working for a few years in the same shop. I am working happily with my co-workers, but I just feel ...
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Work of three months vs longer gap in CV

I have a sort of quandary here. My CV is long, no lacking of experience. I was an expat, and upon returning to my home country, I had a period of unemployment/holidays of about a year. In the ...
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Gaps on CV on Linkedin

I have work experience of roughly 7-8 years. I have linkedin profile. The thing is during my career, I have two gaps, one roughly 4-5 months, other similar - none of them more than 6 months. The way ...
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Filling a gap on my resume, is this ethical?

I have a few long gaps in my resume. I spent a lot of that time traveling the world. This isn't just one gap -- there's two or three gaps over the past decade and a half. I also worked on my own ...