How to eloquently explain gaps on a resume
Like the glaring Fs on the report card of the adult world, resume gaps are viewed as imperfections on our work record. It happens to the best of us. One day you’re working, and the next day you’re sitting at home wondering, “What’s next?”
Maybe your gap is due to layoffs, or perhaps you decided you couldn’t take a certain aspect of your job anymore. Either way, they can be tough both while you’re in them and when you have to explain them to an employer. But if you use your time between jobs wisely, it can make you a more competitive candidate.
Why you’ve got to be honest
It can be tempting to embellish your resume just a bit to scrub away those periods of time when you were out of work. You may try to rationalize it by telling yourself that it was only a few months, or that the recruiter will never find out. But in reality, recruiters can and often do find out — which burns a bridge for you immediately. Just play it safe and tell the truth.
Remember, you’re interviewing for more than just a paycheck. You’re interviewing for a lasting relationship with an employer; a relationship that should be built on trust from both parties. Start out the relationship by lying, and it probably won’t go much further than chatting with the recruiter.