Leaving the workforce by choice or being transitioned during an organizational restructure can be stressful. Yet many professionals have work gaps and career changes.
Minimize employer concerns by including activities in the résumé such as volunteering, fundraising, coaching, caring for others, moving, completing a significant personal achievement, learning, and much more.
If during an employment gap you helped raise $1500 for your child’s school as a book sale volunteer or if you spent time learning new computer programs, then add the information to the résumé. If possible include tangible and measurable achievements.
The résumé experience section is not exclusively for paid employment. Include significant contributions, accomplishments, and dates to the section.
Have a gap due to pursuing a different career? List new skills, certifications, and education near the top of the résumé so hiring managers can easily understand your new talents and why there was an employment change.
Experience—paid or unpaid—can contribute to a cohesive résumé story. Think strategically about gaps to avoid presenting résumé content that communicates an unstable professional.
Feeling isolated is normal after a change. Remember to network and build a community to avoid seclusion. Attend job support groups or other enriching events. While some activities may not be appropriate to include in a résumé, connections can help build a positive outlook.
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