This quick guide provides three perfect responses to the tricky interview question, “Why Is There a Gap In Your Employment?”
Let’s start off by looking at 4 good reasons for gaps in employment…
GOOD REASONS FOR GAPS IN EMPLOYMENT!
You went travelling to experience different cultures, languages, and ways of living which all helped enhance your interpersonal and communication skills.
You took time off work to raise your family.
You took time away from work to take care of sick or elderly relatives.
You took time away from work to study a training course that helped you to gain new qualifications and skills that could then be used in the workplace.
“WHY IS THERE A GAP IN YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY?” (Example Answer #1)
“The gap in my employment is because I went travelling. It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time, and although travelling around the world was fun, I gained so much more from it. I got to experience different cultures, different languages, different ideas, and different ways of living. And all of these experiences that I gained whilst travelling not only made me a better person, but they gave me so much more in terms of skills that I can bring to the workplace. I’ve now finished travelling and I’m ready to commit to the role.”
“WHY IS THERE A GAP IN YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY?” (Example Answer #2)
“The gap in my employment was because I needed to spend time taking care of my elderly parents. They were not very well. They were my priority at the time. So, I took time out of work to look after them. However, they are now better, and I’m ready to commit to your organization in this role.”
“WHY IS THERE A GAP IN YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY?” (Example Answer #3)
“The gap in my employment is because I’m a single parent, and I needed to take time out of work to look after and raise my children. It was something that was a priority for me at the time. However, my children are now at the age where I can return to work refreshed and ready to commit to your organization in this role.”
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