Throughout your career, you may experience brief or extended gaps of
unemployment between positions.
Hiring managers understand that this gap might be due to a variety of
reasons–such as illness, family situations, travel, or the inability to find a
But there are times when they’ll see them as red flags and a sign that
applicants don’t have the proper work experience or ability to be consistent in
If you have unemployment gaps on your resume, your first step should be to
fill them with experience-generating activities that will further your
Pick something that aligns with the field you’re working in (or want to
work in) that can also speak to the future trajectory of your career.
However, be mindful of getting involved in something that will take up so
much time and leave you unable to search for a long-term position
Filling unemployment gaps displays your dedication to sharpening your
skills and gaining necessary experience, but hiring managers will still ask you
to explain why you have those gaps in the first place.
You’ll need to be prepared to take them through your employment history,
and how it has evolved.
Say you took time off from work to raise children, take care of a family
member, or pursue additional education.
Be up front about your circumstances, but make sure that you emphasize
(with enthusiasm) that you’re now ready to get back to work.