How to Handle a Gap In Your Resume
Oct. 12, 2016
Circumstances beyond our control often intervene with the routine courses of our lives. That, of course, can have a direct effect on our health care career employment history, including periods in our lives where we could find ourselves unemployed for a time. When it comes to how to handle a gap in oneâs resume because of a lay-off or other period of unemployment, it pays to have at one time been a Boy Scout. Be honest. And, be prepared.
Be honest when it comes to your health care careerâDo you know what will hurt your chances of getting a job more than a gap in your work resume?â asked Donnell Adair, Graduate Employment Specialist at Concordeâs campus in Portland, Ore. âLying on your resume would.â There are many reasons you might have a gap in your resume. Perhaps you are a stay-at-home parent. It might be because you were laid off or fired from your job. It could even be that you hated your job so much you quit to pursue something different. Now, you find yourself at the tail end of completing your health care career training at Concorde. You arenât quite sure how to best represent yourself on your resume. Youâre in luck. Adair has some key points that will help.
- Format. Many people use a chronological resume, which lists your job history in reverse order, from most recent job to most distant. These resumes also generally include dates of employment. This puts you at a distinct disadvantage of bringing gaps in the resume to focus. To get past this, Adair suggests switching to a functional resume, which focuses on skills and certifications and puts more focus on your ability to work now.
- Volunteer experience. If you were out of work for that gap, thereâs a good chance you did something productive in that time. Putting volunteer experience on your resume helps employers note how productive you are and could be to their company.
- Education & educational training. Many of you are attending Concorde to make a change to a health care career. Being very detailed about your clinical training and externship gives you a distinct advantage in showing that you are committed and prepared to work.