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How do you effectively rebuttal a "witch hunt" like this? It's not a "witch hunt". You have to see it from their perspective. You have programming experience, you have access to Google and Stack Overflow, and you're really smart, but so are so many other job-hunters. They also have programming experience, access to Google and Stack Overflow, ...


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would anyone want to employ me at that point? Surely. Maybe not the first company you apply to, maybe not the best company in the area, or maybe not the company you target. Maybe you will need to accept a "lower" position temporarily after returning, until you come back up to speed. Of course, the details are too specific to be clarified now. A ...


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You are essentially applying to a C# job and you have only used it in college. You then say you have worked with other languages and know how to program. I am not a C# person, but a Java person, and the Java ecosystem and best practices are so large that even though the language itself is rather small it is not just something you pick up on your first ...


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Personally, if I saw a CV with an unexplained ten year gap, it would certainly be raising a flag for me. I'd be more likely to move forwards with it if it said something like "Unemployed due to long term illness". As Brandin has said in a comment, then mention it in a cover letter or similar - "I've been unemployed since 2005 due to a long term illness, but ...


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Taking a few months off after your studies is not rare, and employers do not take or read it badly. It is quite normal and people do take 2-3 months off for vacation. So taking a few months off should not affect your resume or deter prospective employers from considering your profile or otherwise have any negative impact. As @Enderland's has rightly put ...


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RE: Riding a bike Programming is like riding a bike Riding a bike fast consists of two elements: the skills the fitness In your case it seems that you were not able to demonstrate fitness. Imagine that you are a manager of the local bike club and you're looking for a new rider to join your team. Would you take in a rider that hasn't been training for 2 ...


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This isn't just one gap -- there's two or three gaps over the past decade and a half. These gaps aren't an issue as long as: you were employed for the majority of this time you didn't leave any jobs prematurely: you spent at least 2 years in every job before leaving a gap the jobs still show career progression: if it's all entry-level work that may ...


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In your position, my concern would be how quickly IT moves. Look at how different tech stacks were 5 years ago and the new tools and frameworks being released. As a hiring manager my concern is "has this guy been out of the game too long... he has plenty of experience behind him, but will he need time to ramp up ... am I better off hiring somebody with ...


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I will take my example to explain to you why it is not necessarily a good idea, unless you have resources: I am 48, I learned assembler on an Atari 800 when I was 12. After spending my teen years cracking games, I started to make games at 17. Over time, I became very knowledgeable about assembler, C and C++, then I eventually specialized in 3D rendering. I ...


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Are you sure you're vaguely competent? I mean, there are plenty of people who get good grades, but are completely incapable of doing the actual work. Sure, the lack of work experience is a big problem. Sure, the CIS degree is a big problem. Sure, living in a small town is a big problem. But after 5 years of interviewing, someone should've taken a chance on ...


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You should explain that you've spent the last 5 years taking care of some personal issues, and that you have been doing accounting work for a family business to stay up on things. If asked whether whatever kept you occupied for all that time is going to be a problem going forward, express your confidence that things are under control and you're ready to ...


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Don't mean to beat up on you but your depiction of programming knowledge is naive. Syntax is easy. Look up syntax is easy. What is hard to know is what to look up. When would you use a Task versus a Thread? LINQ has been around a few years but I bet it was not around when you were in college. When would you use EF versus SQLLINQ versus raw TSQL? ...


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Check your assumptions He's VERY qualified for this position Is he? I'm skeptical. I see nowhere in your post indicating your partner has been working on any sort of relevant work for four years. Has he been doing anything to grow his skills? Build a portfolio? It sounds like, "lost job and then stopped doing relevant work and hasn't done anything ...


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Be honest, but put the best face on that honesty. For example: "I achived a lot at company X over those three years and then decided I needed a break. I took some time off to work on some passion projects and refresh my technical skills. Now I'm ready to take on a new challenge, and that's where you come in!" This is saying the same thing as "I burned ...


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CVs in Germany are a "(tabellarischer) Lebenslauf". The Lebenslauf in Germany are quite different from anglophone countries, they always include a current photo (don't need to say that you must give a good impression), your complete address data, your birth data (location and birthday), your marital status and your hobbies and interests. I only give this as ...


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I suggest you go through a recruiter. People either love or hate recruiters, but I have good experience with recruiters, who I find are able to sell my skills better than I can and explain the areas where I need explaining better than I can. Also, recruiters usually have direct relationship with the hiring managers, and it would help if you just let them ...


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In my experience, this is a very uncertain area. I've had places that wouldn't hire me with 2 years missing experience, even though I was going through college for that industry at the time. I've also been hired without any professional experience, but I had to prove my ability with a test or mini-project. I've also had employers that wouldn't hire me ...


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It is generally assumed that your career will be a progression of increasing productivity, responsibility, and authority. You would leave one job in order to "move up" to another position in another company. A gap in job history implies that the end of the previous job was not voluntary on your part, and that the company let you go. If the separation was ...


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If I were interviewing you, I would ask about the "gap" activities. If you claim to have been traveling the world, that would be casual ice-breaker questions to help get to know you. If you claim to have been self-employed as a developer, the questions would be much more focused. I would be, if anything, more interested in the work you did while self-...


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The company will want you to explain every gap in your work history. They are concerned that you are hiding something. Were you fired from the employer you didn't mention? Were you in jail? Were you unemployed? Were you under employed? Some answers and gaps aren't a concern, but they want to make sure that they understand everything you have included in ...


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TL;DR After reading through a lot of your comments here: STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND FEELING VICTIMIZED. Do you want to get out of this 5-year rut? You need to be receptive to advice and curious, not defensive. Step 1 of this: Ask questions about how/why to do the things people are answering here. Motivation/morale I'm sorry you are in this situation. It's ...


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I agree with the answer suggesting explaining the gap in the cover letter or similar. In parallel with that, if possible, start some form of regular outside-the-home activity, such as volunteer work or education. The main objective should be that it involve the same demand to get up each morning, go to a specific location, and work there for several hours ...


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Possibly a Sabbatical, so your job title is <Whatever you are now> although this usually means a break from a single position, which is then returned to. Combining this with "Taking a sabbatical to travel", however, is something you can definitely talk about and justify. Alternately perhaps consider your "Time consuming personal projects" as starting ...


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So my question, will I never be employed or have difficulty in getting a job after I quit my job and go touring, because some employers do not accept some one like me? You are in your twenties, and tired of working. Now, you want to take a few years off. Certainly that is something that will get the attention of a potential employer, and might raise a ...


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I've lost almost all motivation, my original "dream" job was something like, not a lot of commute time, maybe a bit under 40 hours a weak... I was a lifeguard/instructor throughout University and for about a year after grad until the pool closed, I really didn't want to get stuck in a dead end minimum wage job so I tried focusing on the job hunt/...


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I'm struggling to understand your difficulty here. You know you need to explain the gap and the gap is for a completely legitimate and normal/understandable reason in your country. I quite literally can't think of a negative in putting it in your CV. In addition, it seems like getting a job after would be the hurdle, but you've already done that and moved ...


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It depends largely on how you sell yourself. Bad example: I was too lazy too look for a job and spent the last 3 months on my couch. Good example: I went to Australia before looking for a job because I knew that once I hold a job I would not have the chance to get 6 weeks vacation in one piece. If you actually did something, that's cool, whatever it ...


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"Should I "shrink" my period of unemployment on my resume?" Lying on a resume is singularly bad idea. Instead of lying, try to justify why you were out of work and how you utilized that time to create a better version of yourself which helped you land the current job.


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during this period, what would be a meaningful "job title"? Since your plan is to wait one whole year before actively seeking new employment, then during that year you won't have a job. So "meaningful job title" has no real meaning in this context. You won't have a job, hence no job title. Most CVs/resumes I have read would just leave a gap in the ...


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