Taking a career timeout may be a choice, or it may not. Layoffs and firings happen even in the best economy. Maybe you needed time off for your mental health. Maybe you didn’t like your job and decided to travel. Or maybe you had a baby or a sick family member that required you to step back for a few years. Today, companies are filled with people who for one reason or another did not have continual employment.
In any situation, when you’re ready to get back into the market, you’ll likely be faced with a question about how you spent your time. Here’s how to answer the “explain the gap in your resume” question.
First, you want to be prepared for these questions, especially if it is a sensitive subject for you. Responding with confidence and honesty is best, and both will help in uncomfortable situations where you want to avoid in-depth follow up questions.
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