Resume Writing – Do employers get nervous if they see big time gaps in a resume?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Resume expert Louise Kursmark discusses gaps in a resume.

    Louise Kursmark: If you a lot of gaps in your employment and you have been unemployed periodically several different times for good periods of time. That is the potential concern to employers. They are certainly going to ask you about it. So, I recommend that you do as much you can to minimize on your resume, so that's not like the first thing that they see, big red light shining on it. There are lots of ways you can do that, you can include experience without date in your resume. You can include experience includes the date in a very tiny type and not have it be the first thing that they see. You can may be group a couple of jobs together to extend the timeline.

    As long as you are being truthful on the resume and using marketing techniques, but not falsifying information and that's perfectly okay to do. What you want the employer to focus on is your capabilities and your value and your experience and at the point that you get in for an interview, they are going to ask you about the gaps and you will be able to answer the questions. You must prepare to that off course, but that could be a concern and you want to minimize it in a resume.

    However, it's also true that employers are not as concerned as they used to be about either gaps in employment, people leaving positions or holding positions for a relatively short-term. Not so much as they used to be because it's no longer the case that people stay at companies for a very long time. Currently, the average tenure with a company is about four years. So, there is a lot of movement in a job market and employers maybe are going to ask you about those factors, but they were not going to necessarily screen you out because of them. So, I wouldn t worry too much about that when writing a resume.

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