The Gaps in your CV or resume
When you are travelling for most part of your time, it is certain that gaps are going to appear on your resume. A gap is not at all a negative thing unless and until you were under rehab for some prohibited drugs!
However, the more important concern is to clarify the reason of the gap in your job history without much excuses or commotion. Since it is your life and you can live it anyway, there is no need to apologize if you take some time off to spend it anyway you want. But, you can certainly ways through which you can convince your prospective employer that you are presently in a state to focus more towards crucial things such as working.
Another thing of concern is that even if you are in need of a job and the money that comes along with it, but are you ready to work for a person who wants you to dedicate your entire time to his profit?
The Gaps in your Job History
Your primary concern is not regarding the gaps that appear on your CV or Resume that should be avoided entirely, but the main focus is on the gaps in your job history. This gap is not at all out of the ordinary, as it can occur for a number of reasons:
• You could have gone unemployed, which can happen to just anyone
• You were travelling across Europe for almost half a year
• You re-started your study or went for some training
• You were busy renovating your home
• You had a health issue or someone in your family had
• You engaged in some non-professional job in order to pay-off the rent or went for a working-holiday
• You were busy raising your family
Explaining Employment Gaps On Resume
On the Resume:
Working Holiday to fulfill my obsession for European history and worked for the hospitality industry so as to improve my Spanish
I wandered around in Europe, engaged in drinking and partying to find that I was out of cash, and then it was time I waited tables and lived with a Spanish partner
In the Resume:
Worked as a project manager for the renovation and remodeling of a dilapidated townhouse from the 20th century. I managed the finances, coordinated with the site-men on a daily basis and saw the setting-up of the entire decoration and interior design.
What Actually Happened:
When I returned back to home town, I wasn’t able to find a job. I moved into a rental that was owned by me and I worked on it along with trying for a job. The main building work saw the finances running out that forced me to finish off everything, even the decorating and painting works.
The Best Way to Hide Gaps in your Resume
Go through this resume:
November 2003 to October 2004 Spartan Consultants, Clerk
November 2004 to May 2005 Tour of Asia
June 2005 to March 2006 Thompson Switches, Purchasing Officer
April 2006 to November 2007 Round the World Tour
Certainly, this individual has worked for around 21 months in a career spanning 4 years. And, he or she seems to be leaving the job just when they start gaining some experience, and move on for a trip.
And, now go through this resume:
2003 – 2004 Spartan Consultants, Clerk
2005 – 2006 Thompson Switches, Purchasing Officer
2007 Round the World Tour
This resume displays that the individual has worked for around 4 years in a career spanning 5 years. Even though he or she has gone through a big tour of the world, it can be hoped that the individual would now be ready to commit for a job. Certainly, the individual will have some need for money.
You can find the way the small trip disappeared completely because it was taking inside a year. Only if you are asked, it would be required to mention the date, but in my career spanning years not a single interviewer has touched the issue.
So the best way to hide gaps in your resume is to skip the months and show only the years. It would be better to make the career breaks in the beginning of the calendar year and finish the breaks towards the end of the year.