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You have been out of work for a while, what have you been doing?
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If you have a recent gap in your employment history, be prepared to discuss what you have been doing during this time. The interviewer needs to hear that you have been doing something productive with your time. You might share how you have been spending your days searching for jobs. Perhaps you have been caring for a loved one who is ill. Maybe you have been lucky enough to take a European vacation. Or, maybe you have been furthering your education. Simply share with the interviewer how you have been productive with your time.

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User-Submitted Answers

You have been out of work for a while, what have you been doing?
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Support my spouse and taking care of the kids while she finished her schooling.
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Looking for work and volunteer in the church and community.
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Looking for work everyday and going to different companies and giving them my resumes.
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Working on my computer skills reading, taking typing test and working on my spelling.
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Getting family matters in line while filling out applications for jobs.
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Probably thinking about work while enjoying my time off.
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Resting. I worked 80 plus hours and me and my wife took a vacation.
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Auto restoration and working at my own antique store.
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Keeping up on trends and ideas so that when give the opportunity I will be on my game.
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I have been being a home maker and doing a lot of hobbies.
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I have been actively looking for employement and enjoying time with my family . Fixing my house and yard.
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The only time I was ever out of work was due to a temporary layoff and I went back to work.
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I have been running my own business. I now have my step son to operate that business.
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I took time to be with my children when they were born and we also moved to Germany for 4 years. My husband was deployed 3 times so I felt it was more important to stay home with them.
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Earning my degree and furthering my study in science..
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Volunteering, and doing remodeling jobs self employeed.
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I have been taking care of the household. My brother was ill for a while and I was back and forth from here to NC supporting him during that time.
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Then time I was out of full time work I found part time or day projects I could do to make money and keep myself sharp.
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Working with my animals, farming, moving, and traveling to europe.
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I have checked papers, internet, personal contacts for job leads.
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I have been creating an updated resume and searching for a position that fit my skills and needs.
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I was taking care of my grand ma. She has a cancer but she passed out.
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I had some health issues that necessitated my being out of work, plus I relocated to metro Detroit to be closer to my family.
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I was moving to the area and wanted to get settled before comitting to a job.
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I have been working for a small, family run business.
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I have been attending the University of Bridgeport.
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Self employed contracting for home improvement jobs.
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I have never been without work. Even when I was laid off I immediately found employment rather than draw unemployment.
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A lot of research of what is new and up coming in the trends of housing.
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I have not been out of work since I was 14
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I ha. Ve not been out of work.
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I am still working at the moment.
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I have been putting in applications, taking care of my mom and I went and visited my sister who I wasnt able to see for almost a year.
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I have been working part time with my current job while searching for a full time career.
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Laid off; I've been running a blog covering the city council meetings. It's called observations-on-turlock. Blogspot. Com.
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Taking care of my elderly mother and also looking for a job as well.
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I have been focused on attending and finishing county college and soon heading to a four year college.
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Applying for jobs and go back to college.
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I was a stay at home mom. And it was finally time to go back to work. And what better place to start than at a reputable company with such a great staff.
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I have been looking for the right job for me.
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I have been looking for the right job for me and taking advantage of some of my free time and spending it with family.
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Working varies side jobs as a private contractor.