If you have a gap in your résumé you might think that it will raise a red flag with companies or graduate schools. In fact, employers and admissions officers are less interested in the gap itself as they are about what you did during the gap – and how you’ve moved forward.
First, some tips on explaining the gap:
Practice telling your story and get comfortable doing it. Why do you have a gap in your résumé? Do some reflection to think about how you benefited from time off. Maybe it was cultural competence from traveling or time management from running a household? Identify the transferable skills you developed while out of the workforce. Develop your elevator pitch and always have an answer ready about your unique situation. Be able to deliver it quickly and with confidence.
Second, if you are currently experiencing a gap, here are four things to keep you busy:
If you have a gap in your work history — no sweat. It’s all about how you frame it and tell your story to future employers or graduate admissions officers. With the right attitude and approach, you can make the most out of your time off.
As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.