Ask a Recruiter I Time Off and Your Resume

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Have you taken some time off from the workforce to stay home with your kids, travel or some other reason, but now you’re ready to jump back into a great job? If so, you might be unsure of how to address your time off on your resume and still keep the attention of recruiters. I sat down with one of our recruiters to find out her advice.

If you’ve taken time off then you have a gap in a traditional chronological, timeline resume. Instead, try using a functional resume template. This will allow you to focus on your skills and accomplishments while you were in the workforce.

You don’t have to be afraid of letting companies know you took some time off. Use your cover letter to state that you desire to return to the full-time workforce after a sabbatical with your children or whatever the situation might be. Outline your qualifications and professional skills and note tenure dates below that information to show you do have stable history.

Learn more about putting your resume together with What Not to Write and The Right Resume, and check out this article from Forbes on how to create an unbeatable resume.

Do you have a question for our recruiters? Submit it here and watch for the answer in an upcoming Ask a Recruiter post.

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