May 4, 2007, Newsletter Issue #82: Resume Dates

Tip of the Week

By solely using years instead of months and years in your chronological resume, you can avoid revealing gaps in your work history. However, you'll need another strategy if you have a gap of two years or more.

Don't simply leave the gap on your resume without an explanation. Without an explanation, the hiring manager may think that you have something to hide. If you were a full-time student, a full-time mother, or a volunteer at a humanitarian organization during the period of time that you weren't working, then explain that in the body of your resume.

These are not only valid explanations that will comfort the recruiter, but they may also stimulate interest. Employers often want employees who are not one dimensional.

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