Mentioning your professional experience in your resume with perfection is a difficult task. You need to keep in mind the following: job role, duration of your job, main responsibilities, transferable skills etc. It is a tough job to highlight your skills and experience if you have breaks in your career. Talent Plus Plus has seen many such candidates in the past. Your hiring manager will have no idea about the reason of your long work gap, merely by going through your resume. For example, the employer will not understand whether you held a job or just trying to hide your job in a particular timeframe because it doesn’t meet your career objective and if you were not working within that timeframe do you have a strong reason for not working during that phase. Thus each and every information about your work history is important and needs to be explained properly.
There are few rules you should care about the career breaks or employment gap:
- Shorter career breaks do not need an explanation. Career breaks of 2-3 months are very common so you don’t have to give a reason and many of the employers do not notice such breaks. However, any gaps extending more than 3 months should be explained in the cover letter or e-mail. If you don’t want the employer to make their own assumptions you should state it clearly whether you had personal or professional reasons for not working.
- Be honest with your potential employer. You need not stress about career breaks. If you are truthful you will not have to worry about your references, background check or any questions asked in the interview regarding your experience.
- Honesty is the best policy and same applies to your resume. Don’t hide any of your employment details just because that experience is not related to the job you are applying for. Do not cover your gaps rather explain them in a better way.
- List down all sorts of jobs and experiences who have, though not related to your career objective. Explain the reason of having a job outside your field in detail, to the hiring manager through a cover letter or e-mail. Don’t let them assume the reason of your career break whereas mention the reason clearly either personal or professional.
- Work is only a part of life and there are many reasons in life where you have to take off from work. So sound positive in mentioning your career break. There is no need to write any apologies and prove that even though you were out of work but you always had a focus towards your career.
In spite of all the unexpected turns and circumstances coming in our life, we can always be active and focused in our respective fields by keeping a few things in mind.
- Try to get some freelance work, consulting, help somebody in their work without any charges or do some dummy projects.
- Give a class to those who need to learn your subject or take a class if it is available in your locality to improve your skills and interest and create your contacts by meeting new people of your professional background.
- Keep yourself updated by continuously reading new things from your field, subscribe a publication or magazine. Read books to increase your knowledge about your subject.
Prove the employer that you are the best candidate for the job by highlighting your experience, education, achievements and qualification. We at Talent Plus Plus have seen many similar candidates having career breaks and employment gaps. We have successfully trained them for new skills and placed them in various companies. Remember, you cannot change the work history. The only thing you can do is to make yourself competent enough for the new skills when they interview you. So be positive and give your best.
Thanks a nice article, Ajoy. I have one question in mind, it is do you provide live project trainings in automation testing I mean just training is not sufficient we need to work on a project to justify that training encounter real issues and problems and to resolve them. So do you also provide on the project training in parallel to the theory?
I need some suggestion on my resume.
I had completed my BE in Computer science with 66%, after my graduation i done one year of Training on Java. After that i went home for some personal problems.
and now im working as HR from last one year. But im having great passion on Java Development so i joined course and planing to take OCPA & OCJP exams.
Kindly suggest me the way of developing resume.
Very good, nice article Ajoy . I had lots of query in mind and I have done BCA 2008 and MCA from Sikkim Manipal University in 2013 and I have completed software testing course just few months back but I don’t have a proper knowledge about the software testing in real professional life, so kindly suggest me the Best advise for same and I am fresher in this industry but I want to be join in IT sector.