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How to deal with gaps in your empl. history

  1. Hide your gaps
    When listing dates on your CV/resume you don't have to list the month/year if you were in a position for over a year or more. For example, you could say 2005 - 2007 (rather than June, 2005 - September, 2007) which would give you some room to hide the gaps. Ex: 
    Sales Manager, Company 
    2005-2007

  2. Be aware of the format
    You can format your resume to minimise the gaps in your employment history. For example, don't bold the dates and/or use a smaller font than the one you use for the company name or job title. Begin your CV/resume with a short summary of your experience at the top of your document — in an introduction section so you are highlighting your skills and accomplishments, rather than when you did what.

  3. Mention other experience while being unemployed
    What did you do while you weren't employed? Did you work with a staffing firm as a consultant or temporary professional? Did you attend any industry-specific conferences or seminars, join a professional association or take an online or classroom-based continuing-education course? How about volunteering? All those experiences count as work and can be included on your CV/resume. List them as you would list your other jobs - with job title, company name, job description, and dates of employment. If you took a class, you can list that in the Education section of your resume. Demonstrating that you remained professionally engaged will show that you have both initiative and up-to-date skills.

  4. Use Your Cover Letter
    When you have employment gaps that don't fit on your resume (you took time off to care for an aged parent or to raise a child) use your cover letter to explain the gap.
Read more at: 
http://msn.careerbuilder.com/
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumes/a/resumegap.htm