In my resume reviews, I see folks who have large gaps — six months or more — in their work history. With all the craziness going on in the journalism industry, it’s not unusual for people to have these gaps on their resume.
I have to be frank — it can be a lot harder to get an interview with those gaps because they can be a red flag to potential employers. But it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
So fix the gap issue before it’s a problem. If you’re laid off or lose your job, first read my tips here. Then look for freelance jobs, consulting work or even volunteer opportunities to ply your trade and keep your skills sharp.
If you can’t do that, start a blog, write on your topics of choice and keep it professional. With that, you can use those jobs to fill in resume gaps, even if you’re just writing for your own pleasure.
If you do get an interview, the question about the gap will come up. If you were laid off, be honest and explain that, along with sharing the numbers of others who were laid off at the same time. Emphasize all the work you were doing in the year before the layoff and mention any awards or commendations you earned during that time period. If you have colleagues or bosses who are still at the company and will vouch for your work ethic and skills, mention that.
No matter what, do not make any negative comments about your former employer. Instead, discuss the positives about working at your previous company, and how you can bring those to your new employer. Check out our Jobs tab to find your next new job.
If you have other career advice topics or questions, please email me at auntbenet AT gmail DOT com.