Out of the loop ?

It is fairly common that people will be out of the workforce for extended periods of time. Illness, family responsibilities and other reasons can result in extended absences from the world of work. People in this situation are often concerned about the “gap” in their resume once they decide to seek employment.

While this is not an insurmountable problem this article from the Wall Street Journal does point out that there are still many employers who get concerned when they see a resume that features a lengthy gap between jobs.

As the article points out there are several strategies that can be used to overcome this problem.

Take refresher classes. This will help you to get up to speed on the latest news, regulations and technological developments in your industry.
Build a new resume. Make sure it includes skills used and acquired during leave from work force. If you’ve managed people for projects or volunteer work or done tasks with tangible results, list those on your resume.
Anticipate potential employer’s concerns. Make sure you address any worries about a skills lag or your time away in your cover letter and then address these issues more in-depth in the interview.

 See the article for the rest of the tips.

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