Explaining that resume gap and job-hopping: Quite possibly outdated concepts

At the beginning of my work life, I knew that you had to put together a resume and a cover letter. At the very beginning, I didn’t have much experience to list and could keep my resume to one page. My cover letter was to be the shining star where I could show my value, commitment and can-do attitude. Time went on and my resume got longer. My cover letter did as well with a long list of accomplishments were married to passion for the mission.

As I got into hiring positions, I was primed to look for gaps in resumes. They were to be red flagged. As were job hoppers. You know, those who stayed a year or less. Now, my perspective on that has completely changed and I believe those are somewhat outdated concepts.

Why are they outdated? Primarily because we need to also emphasize mental health and well-being. Does it make sense to stay at a horrible job for several years just to show you can stay at a job for more than a year? No. And, less and less people are tolerating toxic work environments. Sometimes, for financial reasons, you may have no other choice. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t leave a bad place, the first chance you get.

Similarly, there may be times when you need down time. Or you need to take care of a sick family member. Staying at a job and being a family care-giver may be severely taxing. Sometimes, one makes a sacrifice. Sometimes, you just need a minute. Resume gaps, for that reason, don’t necessarily disturb me. One may be curious but it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker of any sorts.

The workforce is changing. What we want and expect of life is changing.

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  1. Wish everyone had that attitude. Maybe they will get there.

    Instead, companies set up automatic processes to catch those red flags – and won’t consider those workers. A young person I know who had a corrected physical problem could not even get an interview with stellar qualifications – because of those gaps sustained while fixing the problem.

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