Maybe you’re ready return to warehouse work after taking several years off or perhaps you’ve been back in the workforce for several years, but are ready to find a new job. No matter what your current situation, you have an employment gap and you’re afraid it will scare potential employers away.
The good news is, this is much more common than you think. Modern employers know there’s plenty of solid reasons people take time off work, and they’re willing to listen to your story.
Your resume is the first impression you’ll make on a potential employer, so this is where you’ll need to start. Here’s some advice to help you make this a non-issue.
Three Tips to Handle a Long Employment Gap on Your Resume
If you’re really nervous about an employment gap, it can be tempting to try to fill it by any means — even fictitious ones. The thing is, the company will do a background check on you and you will get caught. This will absolutely ruin your chances of getting hired, so it’s always best to just tell the truth.
Use a Functional Format
In the past, you’ve probably structured your resume using a reverse-chronological format. Since this highlights recent relevant work experience, it’s not the best choice for someone with an employment gap.
A functional format is the best choice for you, because it focuses on your skills and experience relevant to the job. You’ll still need to put your employment history at the bottom, but this allows you to sell yourself to a potential employer before they even realize you have an employment gap.
Give an Explanation in Your Cover Letter
It’s always wise to include a cover letter with your resume — even when it’s optional — so use this as an opportunity to clarify your employment gap. In a sentence or two, briefly explain why you were away from the workforce and any career-related moves you made during this time. No matter what the circumstances, put an upbeat spin on the situation to show the potential employer you’re a positive person.
Ready to get back to warehouse work after taking some time off? HTSS, Inc. wants to help you find a great new job with a top Lehigh Valley company. Contact us today to get started!