How to talk about employment gaps during an interview
Last updated: November 10, 2022
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How to talk about employment gaps during an interview
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Tamra Muninger
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Employment gaps? That’s putting it lightly! It’s this reason here that I’m so insecure re: The job force. I only have about 4 years in the work field and the rest was being a stay at home mom or, doing time for some poor choices that I made about 6 years ago. I agree with Kai about how to talk during an interview. That Honesty and taking responsibility is a good way to step up and take responsibility. . Also, in my case accountability

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Louis Mueller
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I am 85 years old. I have been through this mine-field many times. The moderators' answers are good.

From my own experience, I learned to make an entry in my application or resume, such as "Unable to find work," "End of seasonal job," "In school," "Cared for ailing parent," "Loss of parent, spouse, etc." You have nothing to be ashamed of, and family illnesses and deaths are very painful. Still, in my opinion, it is best to deal with it up front. Make a brief statement and be done with it. You will have said all that needs to be said, and in most cases, have warded off an extremely painful question-and-explanation session, and usually you will evoke some sympathy from the interviewer.

Best wishes, and good luck to all.

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Samantha P.
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I hate having to pay for an exam for a job, pass the exam and never receive a call. Explaining to a potential employer I had a sick sibling I had to take care is personal and it hurts still. I do not like having the conversation at all. Thank you for the information.

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Rudolph Dunmore
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I am not trying to pay with any credit cards nor money to get me a job nor can I afford it. All I need is help to find me a job to get me back on my feet and that's it.

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Ford Simpson
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Jack of all trades,.master of none

I found it hard to tell the employment agency that I took care of my ailing mother then years later my father. It seemed to personal and private and not very pleasant to remember. The ladies almost scolded me for excluding that from my work history. That is a sensitive subject for me to tell someone I don't know. Thanks for letting me tell you the problem I had. Ford

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