The best way to explain a gap in your CV
There may be a number of different reasons why you have a gap in your employment history when submitting a CV, but understanding how to tackle this potential issue is the key to ensuring you don’t affect your chances of an interview.
Here’s two top tips that could help you close that employment gap and move forward with your application.
Use your cover letter to explain
A cover letter is typically used to help provide more detail to the employer as to why you are the right person for the job, how your skills and qualifications align with the role, and any other aspects you deem to be important to effectively showcase your talents to the reader.
However, you could also consider using the cover letter to help explain any gaps in your employment history. We would advise not going into too much detail, and ensuring this section is short and to the point.
Overall you want to prioritise focusing your covering letter on explaining how you are the right person for the job, but if you feel it’s really important to make it clear how your employment gap came to fruition, then why not go ahead and add a sentence or too to make it clearer.
Above all else you should be completely honest with why you were not at work – especially if there is a very good reason why not. Health issues for example are not something to be embarrassed about, and in some cases can be used to your advantage to show how much you have grown, learned and improved to comeback fighting much stronger.
Everyone has a story to tell and sometimes it is much better sharing this experience and turning it into a positive. Whether it be a serious illness or injury, you should not shy away from turning this into a positive experience which you have come through kicking and punching your way back into a career.
In some cases if you feel there is no need to go into any detail, then again you should still be honest about the reason why you were unable to work but of course you don’t need to be too specific if you feel that’s the right thing to do.
Remember that this is your application and it’s completely down to you how much detail you want to reveal. However, it’s important to remember that employer’s like transparency wherever possible, and this will always be appreciated and acknowledged better if you are honest and open to discuss your employment history.