Resume Red Flags: Employment Gaps
  • Gaps in experience indicate a struggle with securing jobs in the past or poor performance to the hiring manager.
  • One can proactively explain the real, often valid reasons for a gap in your employment, like taking care of a sick family member, recession, or taking time-out for education or reskilling.
  • It is a good idea to add some contractual or consulting work, pursue a degree or diploma, or even do volunteer work.
  • If you were out of work due to your being selective about your career, mention the same to the recruiter.

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How to Overcome Red Flags on Your Resume

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Taking multiple jobs in a short span of time can indicate struggle towards commitment, or chronic performance issues. Brief tenures can be tackled as follows:

  1. Show the positive side of working with a diverse set of companies, gaining experience and a solid network.
  2. Focus on the accomplishments rather than the tenure.
  3. Make the hiring manager understand the exposure you had and best practices that were acquired, increasing your competence

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Not being currently employed or having an unplanned departure is a red flag for recruiters, who believe a strong candidate would not leave a job without a new profile in hand. You can handle this by:

  1. Not blaming the old company, and not highlighting their mistreatment of you.
  2. Focusing on the good aspects of your tenure with them: Your learnings, new relationships and accomplishments.

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  1. Emphasising the environment that makes you be at your best, indirectly telling them that the reason you didn’t thrive at the previous place was that they didn’t support you.
  2. If you were laid off, disclose the fact honestly, emphasising the reason for being fired and the lessons learnt.

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