Work/Life: How to Fill in All the Gaps on Your Resume  07/01/2020 20:04:04   Todd Werkhoven

On this episode of Work/Life, Ciara Pressler, founder and author of Pregame, talks with Digital Trends’ Greg Nibler about how to deal with having a gap in your rsum when youre on a job search. She discusses the do’s and donts of keeping your rsum up to date so you can still be in the game when it comes to finding new work.

A rsum gap isnt necessarily a bad thing, and its a lot more common than it used to be, Pressler begins. There can be a lot of legitimate reasons for that gap — traveling, parenting, continuing education. But you want to tell that story in a way that puts you in control.”

So how do you do that? If youre in a gap right now, Pressler says, you still want to stay in the game. Stay sharp, keep your skills up. Even if youre not working, find ways to stay engaged. Online studies, freelance work, pro bono work, and volunteering are great ways to keep yourself sharp and ready for the next opportunity. Not having work isnt an excuse to not keep building your skills and building your experience. You can group freelance or other gigs together to help bridge that rsum gap.

She says rsums are about stating the facts, so do not bend the truth. Theres an old adage that says, everyone lies on their rsum, but thats just not true  and not advisable. Dont do it! It will catch up with you, says Pressler. What you can do is to put your work history in the best light. Use a cover letter and introductory email to explain what you were doing in those gaps, and what you learned that is relevant to the work you are applying for.

Many of us have experienced or will experience some sort of gap in our rsums, especially during economic downturns. But that lost time doesnt have to be lost, Pressler reminds us. There are opportunities to continue building skills and professional relationships that can and will be beneficial down the line, and taking advantage of them could help give you that needed edge in your job search.

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