It’s become increasingly common to have gaps in your employment history. You may have been taking care of your children or a family member. Maybe you’ve been travelling or decided to go back to university. Career gaps can also be caused, of course, by redundancy.
Most people have some sort of gap in their career history, and, as our CEO Alistair Cox explained in a recent LinkedIn Influencer blog, these gaps are actually likely to become more and more common. Why? Because life expectancies are increasing, thus many find themselves with little option but to also continue working for longer – perhaps well into our 70s and 80s. Such a trend is likely to bring about a greater number of non-linear career journeys, and thus more gaps on our CVs.
It can be daunting to explain this to a potential employer in a way that actually sells you as a potential employee, instead of sending employers running.
Before we look at the common reasons for CV gaps, it can be useful to share some general principles worth remembering:
While the reasons for gaps on a CV are wide-ranging, I’ve plotted out a few of the most common reasons below, as well as some example answers you could give:
It’s normal to have gaps in your CV, so you shouldn’t feel like you have to skirt around this in an interview. So, you should answer honestly if asked about it in your interview, and show how you’ve used this time well. Most importantly, you should demonstrate why you’re so excited about the position you’re applying for.
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With over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, Maureen believes a strong relationship is at the heart of recruitment. This approach allows her to create innovative recruitment solutions reflecting her clients’ desire to grow their teams, while also working closely with individuals looking to take the next step in their careers. Maureen began her Hays career in our Senior Finance division and is now the Director of Operations for our offices in Cork, Limerick and Galway, managing our finance, construction & property, financial services, operations & administration support and IT functions. Maureen also takes the lead for Hays Ireland Diversity & Inclusion initiatives creating and implementing diverse recruitment strategies that effectively support the representation of more diverse staff profiles both within Hays Ireland and in the organisations with whom we work.
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