How to explain a COVID-gap in your resume
March 1st, 2021 | Michael Sauers, Director of Technology
Many folks looking for work today are doing so because of a COVID-related job loss. When interviewers see a significant gap in an applicant’s work history, they’re likely to ask for an explanation. Over at LinkedIn, News Editor Riva Gold has some basic advice for just this situation:
- Be transparent and open about any breaks in your work history resulting from the pandemic. Employers will understand.
- Prepare a narrative around how you spent the time outside the workforce, and how it demonstrates skills or qualities that will benefit the role.
- If you do mention a pandemic layoff or pause in your resume, keep it short and sweet and focus on your previous experience.
This advice is followed my more advice and suggestions from dozens of other experts in the post Mind the gap — in your resume which you can read even if you don’t have a LinkedIn account.
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