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How to Overcome Employment Gap during interview.

  |  Published On : 17 Apr, 2012

So you were out of work for a while and are now planning to re-enter the workforce. The idea of hunting for a job is stressful enoughand it will be even more so when you have to think about how to explain to potential employers why you were out of work for a certain period of time. Whether you got laid off from your previous employment or had to quit your job to attend to personal matters, the gap will leave a glaring mark in your resume and this is something you need to deal with.

Naturally, the companies you apply to would want to know why there is a gap in your resume. You need to be able to fully prepare yourself for this if you want to make it to the next step of the job hiring process. Dont worry, having a gap in your resume is not going to be a hindrance in you finding a job but it will work to your disadvantage if you do not know how to effectively address the matter.

Explain the Gap in Your Cover Letter

It is best if you give a short explanation about your employment gap in your cover letter. It does not have to be a narrative, but instead, keep it to one to three sentences just so they would have an idea why you were not working for a given period of time. If you had a hard time finding a job after being laid off from work, or if you were suffering from a serious illness, it would not be advisable to go into detail about it.

What to Include in the Resume

If you have an employment gap but you have kept yourself busy professionally then you should mention it in your resume. If you have been out of work but were able to do some freelancing, then you should make sure to mention this in the work experience section of your resume. This way, the hiring manager will be able to see how hardworking you are and how dedicated you are to your career. On the other hand, if your employment gap occurred a long time ago, then it is okay to leave it out of your resume.

How to Answer Interview Questions About Employment Gap

If you have an employment gap then expect that your interviewer will ask about it. Of course, they would want to know why. The best way to answer is being brief and direct, leave out unnecessary details and do not give out too much information. Also add a positive note telling the interviewer that you are already very eager to start working again.

Do not let an employment gap discourage you from finding the job that you want. Bad things can happen to anyone and even hiring officers know that. Just stay positive and do not let this matter stress you out during your job search.

Questions

I have a gap of 1 yr in education and 1 yr gap in job exp. I am in manual testing and hav 1.6 yrs of expand total 2.6 yrs exp? Will get a job in IT company.
dhanashri Jadhav
How to lead career goal from disturbances.
muralikasya
I completed my Btech in 2006.Right now I am in search of job in IT companies.Did hardware and networking course.These years I have gap.How to join in any company and what kind of jobs can I get into easily.and which companies accept my gap???
hotboy_kartick
I have 3 yr gap in academic between 10th and diploma.After that I have a clean record of 6 yrs in both diploma and Btech in information technology.But for a fresher this gap is creating a problem what to do ?and where to apply for job?
lucky.nidhi03
How Do you get job with 4 yr. gap.
raxa.patel
I have Completed my m.c.a in 2004,than after marriage I was in u.s for 2 yrs than after coming to India I join in BPO industry I worked there nearly about 3 yr , now I want to join IT industry in soft testing I have done testing course so can I get opportunity or bcas of gap it is problematic. Plz suggest.
Mamta1_rc
I completed my graduate in 2006
after that I joined MCA but I failed to complete the course,now I am working in a company as a software engineer how to show that 3 years gap in my career
vanilkumar_1986
Mam I m currently pursuing Btech 3rd yr from computer science branch and there is a gap of two year between my intermediate and Btech joining..what will be the effect of this gap in my career and campus placement??
mohd anas
I am good at Oracle and Peoplesoft application though as a fresher can;t i get an opportunity. I am having 3 years gap with 1year of IT experience as Programmer. But as of Interest on oracle, I have learned Peoplesoft. Can i get a chance of working as a Peoplesoft dba on fresher basis
kart.senam
Hi, I am Mallikarjun I am studying M.sc maths.but I am working in teaching for the past ten years. there is no growth in my carrier. want to change my carrier.I have interest in manual testing and I learned that course.I have interest in testing carrier. I have no experience in software field. carrier gap is ten years.
karjun.malli
Hi I am Arunkumar I completed B.E 2009 passed out. I done oracle 10g certification.. my +12 56% only...now I am seeking job in oracle side 2 years gap wat can I do
arun02ak31
i want to start my career again after 3 years gap,due to marriage i took a break but now i want to start it again but in new field in hr without any experience ,but my last experience was in technical field IT, should i will be able to do that,I have MCM degree masters of computer managnent , what questions will be asked by the interviewer please solve my query as soon as possible and send it to me.
shilpa kosta
Hi, I passed my B.Tech in 2006, in 2009 started my career. How to fill this gap of 3yrs?
kumar
I completed B.E EEE in 2008. I had worked in 3 different fields . 1 year in software sales, 1 year in site engineering and 5 months in Admin/hr in UAE. I have an employment gap of 1.3 year. i dunno how to approach in interview and how to explain for different work experience and gap. Please help me
KARTHIKEYAN.K
I have 5 years gap between 12th and graduation first year. what to answer in an interview about this gap?
saurabh srivastav
I have done my 10th in 2004 and in 2007-2010 I done my diploma and doing B.Tech of batch 2010 to 2013. Is the gap between my 10 and diploma is consider as an year gap for any it company recruitment?
shimpi
HI, I was completed my Diploma in mechanical engineering in 2006 after i have 4 year experience in Filters manufacturing company after that now i am doing B E in mechanical engineering (7th Sem) for any problem for job Apply
Hidayath
I completed my Graduation with M.S.University but now as a Receptionist. But I want to work as a finance Accountant then what to do?
Bhagyashri
I completed degree in 2009 but now I am trying for jobs in BPO sector in these 3 years I helped to my father in agriculture
manjunath.k
Hi, I have done my MBA hr in 2006 from pune. after marriage and family responsibilities i was at home around 2.5 years. i joined wipro bpo in 2010 and worked there for 2.8 years. I would like to restart my career in HR filed.need help
Padma Gandekar
hi i done my bca at year 1999-2002 and passed out on 2004. and more over i had gaps in education over all 4 years including my degree and i had worked in more than 5 companies in banking domain.now my company is got closed due to some audit purpose.now iam seeking a job pls kindly advice me which domain i have to go.Whether IT industry or banking.kindly give the solution
B Natesan
I have 4 years of experience in research and analytics.... mainly in reporting and analysis, I have 1.5 years of gap searching Job not getting one, Now i have learnt Advance analytics but no experience in the same. please suggest
sandhya
Hi sir, i completed +2 in 1996-1997 and i have done degree 1998-2002(Distance Education BA Economics) then I completed MCA 2004-2007(Regular).I am searching job in testing but i cleared all the technical but in HR reject.How to overcome these problem.Please help me sir i have lot of problem in my family.If i get the job everything will be cure.Please kindly replay me as soon as possible
Sumathi
Ive an experience of 4.5 yrs in banking sector. I took a break for 1 yr because of marriage. But now I want to work again. How can I fill the gap??
Apoorva Sharma
suggest me any course in testing to go back to IT industry with 5 yrs of experience and 3 yrs gap
priya
hi i hav education gap after inter one yr and after bsc one yr total 2yrs gap in education and ifinished mca in 2009 and after that i got married and got 4 yrs gap so at present i want to work so now am searching job in IT company so how can fill the gaps
poorvi
Sir/Madam I completed my diploma in year 2003 and due to financial problem I completed my Engg 2009-2012. From 2004 to till I am working in a non-IT companies. At the time of diploma period when I had facing IT interviews they rejects me due to non graduation student. Now I have completed my graduation without anyone supports for my goals, and now when I apply for IT companies they rejects me due to education gap. I have, 2 yrs exp as a computer operator, 3 yrs exp as a logistic executive, 3 yrs-Data analyst. I leaved my first job ie. computer operator bcoz I had got a job as a web developer but due to recession company denied me then I had try for same post but I didnt get, and then I had join logistic executive through previous experience. That company is good but my aim is to complete my education, to complete my engineering and I join correspondence B-Tech in electronics (Saturday and Sunday classes) but this company also denied me due to recession and I needed job that time any how for completing my education and I have join Data analysis job from 2009 to continue. From last 4-5 months I given interviews and I try in IT jobs also but some companies reject me due to educational gap and some that I am fresher. Now I would request you to kindly suggest me, for what type of jobs I can search. Pls suggest me.
Freny Chandragade
i have completed my post graduate diploma in management in banking insurace and finance in 2012 till now i havent worked any where so plz suggest me how to over come from this gap
k leela phanindra kumar
Hi, I completed my post graduation in the year 2010.. I did not get job after that. So i dedicated my time in preparing and trying for govt jobs. but I found no luck in that. I am still a fresher. What reason can I give for this 3 years gap during interview.
sweety
I have finished my Diploma in 2006 and I have done my engineering in 2009. Basically I am an Automobile engineer, I am not interested in Automobile field. Looking for a different job profile to built my carrier, I am passionate towards getting a BPO job. I know BPO is one of the growing industry, looking for bpo voice or non-voice process job. After finishing my engineering in 2009, 2 years I spent for my engineering back-locks and rest 2 years I was looking after my fathers business in our native because of my family situation. What could I answer to fill the 4 years gap.
B.Raghunath
i have completed my mba in finance in 2010..after that i have tried for banks till 2012 but i was unable to get into it. and now i am not having any job.please suggest me how can i get job after 3 year gap after mba and no experience.
kt
Sir I have completed 12th in 1996 and bsc in 2004 and mca in 2007 .After MCA I start computer institute.but some reasons after 5 years I closed my institute.After that time i am teaching in college.but I want to leave teaching field.and want to join ITor BPO field. so please suggest how to fulfill the gap and how to found job.
HEMANT SHARMA
I have Completed my B_tech in 2010. now I want to join IT industry in software developer. pl,suggest how to convince interviewer and way to fill 4 yrs gap.
rahul singh
I have 5 years gap between 12th and graduation first year. what to answer in an interview about this gap. but i have complete 10+2 in 2007 but at this time pursuing graduation from smu. but my degree will be complete in 2015. but my experience is 3 years IT desktop support enginer, at this time i am working at desktop support. may i attend interview tcs,bipro,
shailesh kumar pandit
Hi I have completed my graduation in 2009 and then from july 2009 till march 2010 i worked with genpact as a customer care executive and then from march 2010 till november 2010 i worked with ICICI bank as a junior officer it was a sales process and then from january 2011 till july 2012 i worked with IBM as a customer care executive. Now from August 2012 till present I am pursuing MA economics regular course. How should I explain such frequent gaps in switching jobs and then coming back to studies. How can I make such points my strong points in order to get a job?
swati seth
Dear Sir, I did my MCA in the year of 2004, after that id joined a company as a software developer. But due to some unavoidable circumstances i left the job in 2006 end. Now i want to reshape my carrier, please suggest me how to overcome with this gap or should i try for some other field if yes please suggest me some and how. thanks
Richa Pandey
Hi, I completed my post graduation in the year 2010.. I did not get job after that. So i dedicated my time in preparing and trying for govt jobs. but I found no luck in that. I am still a fresher. What reason can I give for this 4 years gap during interview.and can i get a job now in bpo
reema
hello sir,i am graduate in bca but after 12th there is 2 years gap between 12 to degree due to exam time jaundice,now i tried to get govt jobs but worried about my gap.
neelam
Hi, I completed my post graduation in finance in the year 2010.. I did not get job after that. So i dedicated my time in preparing and trying for govt jobs. but I found no luck in that. I am still a fresher. What reason can I give for this 4 years gap during interview and can i get a job now in Banking sectors......?
Gaurav
sir, i am MCA student. Actually i have 6 years gap between the education.then how will happens for my carrier because i am elder bro of my family and my dad was retired person bur my family expectations of lot to me i am very frustrated for future and i am very passionate guy and very positive of being about my life happened. pls suggest me
shaikhidrees
Hi sir, I have completed my BCS in last year. I got 58 %. But my basic problem is that my age is now 27 and recently I join the Software Testing class in MindScript. After 12th i was doing the job because of my family financial problem. 6 years i was doing the job and afterwords I admit the Bcs in D.Y.Patil ACS College, Pimpri. So It is comfertable for me Join the Software testing class and placement? My age, educational gap etc. matter in company interview? please guide me..
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