Mind the Gap — in Your Resume

The pandemic and resulting economic blow has taken many people out of the global workforce, some for extended periods of time. So when applying for a new job, how do you address a pandemic-induced employment gap in your work history? Career experts share their thoughts here, and in the comments below. Among their key suggestions:

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  • Be transparent and open about any breaks in your work history resulting from the pandemic. Employers will understand.
  • Prepare a narrative around how you spent the time outside the workforce, and how it demonstrates skills or qualities that will benefit the role.
  • If you do mention a pandemic layoff or pause in your resume, keep it short and sweet and focus on your previous experience.


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