It depends on your situation and what you did while you were not employed. Not all resume gaps are indications of a poor job search. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for breaks between jobs. For instance, during periods when there is an industry-wide or economic recession and the availability of jobs on the market is scarce, employers will understand that you were out of work due to circumstances beyond your control.
If you were working abroad and decided to move back to the United States, simply explain to prospective employers that you were living and working in a foreign country and decided to move back to the U.S. Most employers will understand that looking for a new job may take some time and a gap in your employment history for this reason will generally make sense.
If you were laid off or left a job and are looking to make a career transition, explain this to prospective employers. Did you return to school or take any other steps to assist you in making a transition professionally? Let employers know. Many people take steps to transition into different careers during their lives. Making a career transition is common, and prospective employers will generally understand if there is a gap in your employment because of your efforts towards making a career change.
It is important to know how to explain gaps in your employment history to prospective employers so that they do not view your time away from work as anything negative. If you took an entry-level job to pay bills, for instance, be sure to explain that. It may show a prospective employer that you are a hard worker. Whether you did not work because you were laid off, making a career change, taking time off to raise children, or travelling, be sure to find a way to explain your time away from the work force in a way that turns your experiences during the gap into a plus.
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