Gaps in your employment history ? Here’s how to write your CV

Do not worry about gaps in your employment. Find how to write your cv

It has become increasingly common for people to take time off between jobs for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes, you may just need a break. Or there may be other responsibilities to take care of. And sometimes, it takes a while before you get the next job. However, when you start looking for your next job, employers will want to know why there is a gap in your employment history. The best way to address this matter is by explaining to your employer why you needed this time off and how you put that time to use.


If the gap between two jobs is extensive, here are some ways in which you explain it in your CV:


  1. Address it in the cover letter:

Your cover letter offers you more space for explanations than your CV. Remember to keep the explanations very brief. Within a line or two, explain why you needed to take the time off and what you learnt/did in that time. Do mention that you are now ready and equipped to re-enter the workforce. However, if this gap was a long time ago or was fairly brief (less than a couple of months), then there is no particular need to address it.


  1. Title the section appropriately:

Instead of calling it “Employment History”, you could, in your CV, choose to title that section “Work History”. While ‘employment history’ will necessarily indicate all the work that you were paid to do, ‘work history’ can also include all other kinds of work (volunteer work, community work, creative work, etc.) that you weren’t necessarily paid for. By doing so, you will not only be bridging the gaps, but you will also draw attention to the many other kinds of work that you undertook during that time.

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  1. Use a different date format:

Use years instead of months against each work assignment that you have listed under ‘Work History’. Not only does this improve the readability of the CV, but it also conceals months of gap in your work/employment history.



 10/2012-07/2013Marketing Manager, ABC Company05/2010-01/2012Sales Executive, XYZ CompanyBy changing the date format from months to years, you will eliminate the 9-month gap:


Marketing Manager, ABC Company


Sales Executive, XYZ Company


  1. Don’t make your CV strictly chronological:

In addition to using years instead of months, you must also describe your role and functions with each work assignment undertaken. This prevents your CV from becoming strictly chronological. Moreover, it draws attention to your skills and knowledge, thereby assuring the employer that you’re ready for the next job.


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