How do YOU explain EMPLOYMENT GAPS in your resume?

Personally, I do not do this with my clients.


Because the only logical place for them would be in the Professional Experience section, and they are clearly not “professional” experience.

I advocate for anyone with extended (1 year+) gaps to submit an accompanying cover letter/ email in order to CONCISELY explain any significant gaps.

Do not go into elaborate detail about:

1. Starting a family.

2. Medical issues pertaining to you or a loved one.

3. Mental health issues.

4. Bereavement.

5. Divorce.

6. Financial issues.



Because the details are PERSONAL, not professional.

State the bare minimum facts and stop.

There is no “rule” for this.

Whether you explain gaps in the resume, cover email or in the interview; the choice and decision are yours alone.

What is ESSENTIAL is that you keep it short and as devoid of emotion as possible.

I want to protect you from traumatizing yourself any more than you already are.

Any recruiter or hiring company who doesn’t recognize that Life happens and often gets in the way, isn’t worth working with!

Courtesy: Kirsty Bonner