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What to Do If You Have Gaps in Your CV

20625205_mEverybody, at some point, will have a gap in their CV. It could be for a few months or it could be for a few years. The important thing is that you explain these gaps to an employer to give yourself a better chance of securing a job.

An employer won’t necessarily be put off from your professional CV if there are gaps in it. But they may be inquisitive and want to know why they are there. There could be a number of reasons – long term sickness, unemployment, family issues or lifestyle choices. It is crucial when constructing your CV template that you put this into consideration and ensure you are open and honest with an interviewer.

During your gap (regardless of the reason) it is highly unlikely that you did nothing. It might be that you have been travelling and volunteered for a charity whilst you were away or it could be that you have been unemployed but working casually for a friend. Either way – this can all be included on your CV.

You don’t have to fill a CV with purely full time work – you can include things like volunteering, work experience and charity work. If you have done any online work then you should include this too.

If you have had a gap in employment but used the time to study/attend training courses then why not update your CV? This will display your commitment to your career path and will show that you are a determined individual. It will also help to highlight any relevant skills that you have that could be useful for an employer. Above all be honest on your CV!

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