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Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like an explanation for the gaps in your resume. There are many reasons for having a gap in your resume, and it's best, to be honest about what you were doing. Keep your answer short and sweet, and ensure the interviewer that you did not allow your industry knowledge to become stale, or redundant, during that time.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I had a gap from 2009-2010 while I was on maternity leave and then another for six months in 2015 while I cared for an ailing parent. During that time I was vigilant in keeping up to date on the market so that my knowledge did not become redundant."

Admin
Answer example

"Thank you for addressing this with me. There is a gap where I took some time to further my education. During that time, I completed my Bachelor of Business Administration."

Manager
Answer example

"I was on short-term medical leave from 2011-2012 after suffering major injuries in a car accident. I recovered very well and kept in contact with my team during that time, but unfortunately, my job was not waiting for me once I was cleared to return to work."

Marketing
Answer example

"There are two gaps in my resume. One, after going through a lay off when my company went through a merger. The second gap was when I relocated to Denver. I found it challenging to find a new role, but I did some freelance work to pay my bills."

Retail
Answer example

"Most of the roles on my resume are seasonal. I worked part-time during the school year and then took summers to travel. This pattern gave me an immense amount of international experience. I have been to Thailand Spain and Greece. Now that I have completed my degree, I will be staying put."

Sales
Answer example

"I went on paternity leave for sixteen weeks after my son was born. My employer at the time did not understand my need to take paternity, so I lost my job. It took me a few months to find gainful employment again since software sales is a very tough market to gain employment in."

Teacher
Answer example

"After graduating with my Bachelor's of Education, I worked a variety of substitute teaching roles but could not find anything in my district permanent, or long term. Although I was active, it does not show well on my resume."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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