How to justify a period of unemployment on your resume
Posted at 19/10/2021
Don't lie. Be honest.
Periods of professional inactivity happen. If you have experienced unemployment or a career break, don't try to hide it by adding false achievements or extending the dates of previous professional experiences. The recruiter may notice and make their perception of the candidate much worse.
However, if you really used your time off to invest in a course, consulting projects, if you did voluntary work or exchange, community work, if you took care of your children, among other tasks, this is the time to talk about it. You can also give more details about your job search and list the important vacancies you have applied for. Prove that you remained active when you were not working. Be aware that exclusion from the recruitment process is almost always immediate after a lie is discovered. Be sincere in your reasoning.
Don't take this question as a trap question.
Recruiters are genuinely trying to understand your career path, this question is not designed to put you in an awkward situation. Having a calm and confident attitude will make all the difference, so be prepared to talk about these periods without work in a positive way.
Be at peace with your experiences.
No matter what your background is, take some time to practice how to explain it. Recruiters like candidates who can express themselves clearly. Also remember that even if you have been unemployed for some time, this does not erase all your previous experiences. You are still an expert in your field and you are just looking for a new opportunity. Try to refocus on your core competencies and the value you can bring to the future company you will be working for. Don't live in the past. Talk in an engaged way with all your contacts and friends about what you are doing now.
Focus on the positive.
Time off can be a blessing! Focus on what this period can unlock you and bring you as an opportunity. Maybethis is the right time to make a career change, invest in new learning, experiences and maybe a new professional area.
Showing that you have used this time wisely to invest in yourself and your training cannot be a negative point, on the contrary. Organize your speech to tell your story in a positive way, rather than placing yourself as a "victim". Recruiters want you to demonstrate your enthusiasm and readiness to start a new job. The key is to always be prepared to present your reasons concisely, engagingly and optimisticall
Think soft skills.
Time off means you have more time for yourself, which can be an asset. You have stopped the frenetic pace of work, you have time to reflect, make new choices.
You may have spent a few weeks abroad or learned a new language, organized your life, built a new resume, volunteered. Highlight these experiences and use them to your advantage. Soft skills are also important for finding a job. New and out of comfort zone experiences can make you grow as a person, don't waste this opportunity. Believe that it is possible to get solid experience and very important soft skills in non-traditional environments.
To sum up...
In most cases, if you’re training and professional experience are strong enough, a potential employer will not worry too much about small professional breaks in your resume.
- But it makes all the difference to be prepared for the question about what you did during the period of absence from work.
- In an unemployment situation, training is one of the best and most effectiveways to improve skills and enhance your CV.
- It is very advantageous to focus on meeting the people responsible for recruitment and strengthening your online presence.
- Another very important factor is to build a solid network, as it will facilitate contact with the market, as well as strengthen your presence online and on social networks such as LinkedIn.
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