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How do you fill in the gaps in your employment on your resume?

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There is a never-ending question about how far back you go chronologically when forming a resume. Experts will tell you that 10 years is sufficient. However in talking with many job seekers they have more diversity in their experience if they go back further.

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Of course the further back you go you are likely to start seeing some gaps in the timeline of your employment. For those in the younger generation these gaps do not create much concern but for Baby Boomers these gaps can create a feeling of insecurity. Yet for screeners any gap in employment becomes troublesome.

The best thing to do is to look at gaps of more than a month and try to remember what you did during that period. Hopefully you volunteered somewhere as any type of volunteer work will look good on the resume. Working at a library, hospital or school are great ways to fill the gap. Likewise coaching a children’s sports team or leading senior citizens in a workshop or craft can fill the gap.

The best activities are those that somehow tie to your career. For example you can dwell on the leadership or teamwork aspect of those activities previously listed but what if you are in food service or retail showing you volunteered at the hospital gift shop or food service will show that you at least keep relevant skills during a period of unpaid employment.

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