It is no secret that there have been problems with many people finding jobs over the last several years. Many hiring managers expect to see gaps on resumes, however, if you have an extended unemployment gap on your resume, you may need to do some additional work to get the job. Here are a few ways to increase your chances of getting the job you want:
- Above all, it is best to be honest about your gap in employment. There is no sense in trying to hide it. The best way to handle the gap on your resume is to include information about what you have done during that time, such as improved your skills, learned new technology, or even cared for children or the elderly.
- Now is the time to adjust your professional summary on your resume. It should reflect more positives about your skill set and what you have to offer a business. Examples of your accomplishments are always great to show and will take focus away from your gap.
- As mentioned, results get attention. Make sure that you show not only your achievements on your resume, but the results of those achievements. For example, if you increased sales by 10% because of a new streamlined process you implemented, include that on your resume.
- Make sure that your resume is created specifically for the position you are applying. For example, rather than put your work experience in order by date, put it in order by relevance for the position you are applying. Put the positions you had that relate closely to what you will do at the top. This will take focus away from the time gap on your resume and allow the hiring manager to focus on what is important – your skills.
Gaps in employment happen, but if you construct your resume to remove the focus off the gaps and on you and your talent, you will have a better chance of getting that job you want.
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