The pandemic and lockdown were a tough time for many workers. There was a sharp fall in vacancies and a high rise in redundancies, as well as unexpected redundancies. This all seemed to happen pretty much overnight. This resulted in a lot of people looking for new jobs, but also a lot of people with gaps on their CVs as there was no job to move into.
However, there are positive ways for dealing with gaps in your CV, no matter the reason. In this blog post we share some of the ways you can go about dealing with gaps in a way that will work to your advantage and work to attract potential employers.
- First things first, don’t be hard on yourself. In this modern day, lots of people have gaps in their CVs. This could be due to family responsibilities, moving to a new house, the pandemic, redundancies, travelling and so much more. Don’t be afraid the enter the reason for the gap on your CV. This will help avoid any questions and can actually work as an ice breaker in your interview.
- While it may be tempting to cover a gap with a made-up job or extend the time you were at your last job – this is not a good idea. Your employer is likely to find out down the line and this will not look good on you. Nobody wants to have someone dishonest working for them.
- If the gap on your CV is only a week or two, you may prefer not to even mention it. However, if the gap in your CV is 6 months or more, it is recommended that you include a short explanation on your CV. This should just explain what the career break was and also if you gained any skills during this time that might benefit the employer.
- Some workers have been upskilling and learning new things while looking for a job. If this has been you then make sure you include this on your CV. Whether it is freelancing, volunteering or just some temp work. This will all look good on you as a potential employee. It will also give you an opportunity to talk about the experience or how the new skills will benefit the employer, giving them an extra reason to offer you the job.
It is extremely common to have gaps in your CV so don’t worry about it. Instead of being ashamed of the gaps, own those gaps. Use it as your time to shine. Talk about the gap, the experiences you had and what you have learnt. You should always be confident and positive in your interview. Make sure you do that in your CV gaps too!