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Ask an Expert CVS / JAN. 29, 2017
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How can I explain a career gap on my CV?

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Dilemma:

Hey there! I’m hoping you could help me with my CV. I’m returning to the workforce after a long break. Six years ago I had twins, and it was impossible for me to leave my kids alone and go back to work. I used to work as an architect, and my work was very demanding. In fact, I used to frequently leave the office after 9pm, and when I had the kids it was simply not doable.

But, as the twins started school this year, I find myself with a lot of free time and I don’t like that. So, I’d like to return to work, but I’m not sure what to do with the gap on my CV. Any tips you can give me will go a long way to helping me get a job.

Thanks!

Kyriaki says:

Having long unexplained gaps in your employment history is never a good sign because it can give the wrong impression to employers about your ambitions and abilities. But, when you have a valid explanation for it, they can be quite merciful and won’t judge you harshly. If anything, many may empathise with you because they might have been in the same situation as you at some point.

The key here is to be honest about what you have done in the past, without coming up with excuses and this goes for both your CV and interview. In order to provide a valid reason for your absence for all of these years and explain that you had to take time off to ‘work’ as a new mother on the document. Just write down the period that you were away and explain what you have been doing. For example, if you managed to undertake any further learning or passion projects while away that are relevant to your new job you should mention it.

This can work well if you want to work for someone else. If you are not prepared for that and want to avoid working late, you might want to consider opening your own business. Going freelance is another option that you can take as it will give you a more flexible working schedule and it’s a great option for an architect. With enough experience, you could also choose to become a consultant in the field.

Hopefully, this has provided you with an answer to your dilemma. In the meantime you might want to read the following articles to help you out:

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