Employment Gaps are more common than you may think and occur because of numerous reasons. Here are just a few of them:
It’s important for job seekers to stop dreading the employment gaps in their resumes. Having a lengthy employment gap doesn’t relinquish all hope in finding your dream job; it’s just an obstacle that can be overcome if you know how to tackle it.
If there were one thing I could pass on to our readers about employment gaps, it would be this. The gap itself isn’t crucial to prospective employers; it is your ability or inability to address your employment gap that will decide your fait.
So here’s how to address an employment gap.
1. Address your employment gap prior to the interview. Think about it, why wait to explain the reason behind the gap on your resume? You might not get the opportunity to meet an employer, so address the elephant in the room at the first opportunity.
A good way of doing this is by dedicating a few sentences in your cover letter to addressing your employment gap. By doing this you reveal your entire hand on the table, so if you get contacted for an interview you know you are in with a real shot.
2. Honesty, it is integral in this whole process. A detailed explanation into why you have been out of work isn’t necessary. However it is vital you prepare an elevator speech that clearly informs the hiring manager of the reason behind the gap. You don’t want to drag a lie into a new job and then have to carry it throughout your entire tenure.
3. Soft-sell your gap. Illustrate how you have retained your skills and industry prowess. It is important you visibly show you’re ready to work and make an impact. In certain situations employment gaps may have actually taught a person life lessons, skills and experiences that are valued in the workplace. If you have been able to increase job relevant skills, or volunteered be sure to make note of this during your application.
We hope these tips help our readers tackle a sticky conversation that many of us will face at some point. For your daily dose of First Avenue news, follow us across social media.
These interview horror stories will make you cringe, laugh and then laugh some more.
This dance went viral a few years ago now; the craze saw companies, sporting teams and friends all filming their own videos.
This interview horror story was set in Florida, where a candidate was flown to participate in an extensive two-day interview. Fast-forward now to day one of the interview process about an hour in. The entire office was called into a meeting room, including the candidate for an exciting marketing announcement.
The organisations marketing team wanted to film a Harlem Shake Video - You know, to jump on the viral sensation and try and appear on trend.
Sadly, they made participating in the video compulsory for all staff in the meeting room. AWKWARD!
It’s hard to think of a worse situation to be thrown into, than doing the Harlem Shake an hour in to your job interview.
A candidate had done all the correct things by arriving early for their job interview. They thought they could use the extra time to quickly check how they looked before starting their interview. As the candidate was standing in front of the mirror fixing their makeup in the bathroom, a female employee of the company walked in. They exchanged smiles, as you do, and the lady proceeded straight into the cubicle.
The candidate claims to have never heard, nor smelt anything quiet as revolting as she did at that moment. The employee was releasing volatile, explosive farts; the odour that partnered was unbearable and the candidate rushed out of the bathroom and sat in the foyer.
Shortly after this, the unaware receptionist ushered the candidate into the interview room, where she was told the hiring manager would meet her shortly.
Take one guess at who walked into the room?
The employee with explosive diarrhoea was in actual fact the interviewer. It was completely obvious from how red the interviewer was that she also recognised the candidate from the bathroom.
A candidate was in the boardroom with a bunch of executives, who were firing questions from all directions.
Out of nowhere an employee jumped out of their seat screaming FIRE! The rest of the employees in the boardroom followed suit and ran around outrageously. The candidate’s natural reaction in this scenario was to call 911 on their mobile.
Suddenly nobody was running around anymore, as they informed the candidate that this was a test. They requested for the candidate to call back the fire brigade and say it was a false alarm, and that it was unnecessary going to that extent.
Since the advertised position had no mention or relation to being a fire warden or a member of the safety team, the candidate refused.
Instead they just got up and left, telling them to explain the misunderstanding when the fire brigade arrived.
An interview was going great; the candidate seemed nice and had all the skills and experience the company were after. The interviewer was trying to relax the candidate with a question that wasn’t challenging or requiring a response other than the obvious.
Q. “What is the last professional book you have read?”
The candidate replied, 50 Shades of Grey. The interviewer was too scared to ask how that linked back to their professional life.
What other professional experience did the candidate have, that they hadn’t listed on their resume?
Please share your craziest interview experience, no matter which side of the table you were sitting on.