Employment Gaps in the Resume (Best Practice Tip)

One of the most difficult challenges resume writers face is determining the best resume writing approach for clients who have substantial gaps in their employment histories. Classic examples of these types of clients include:

  • Caregivers who exited the paid workforce in the past to raise their children or to take care of ailing family members.
  • Those who have experienced traumatic illness or injury that prevented them from working for a period of time.
  • Those who have been laid off at least once and who have had difficulty maintaining a steady history of employment.

Here are some recommendations from fellow CDI members on how to market (and, in some cases, coach) clients effectively, even though they have an intermittent work history and, in many case, their contributions were not exchanged for pay.

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