Life happens – and sometimes it can create a gap in your employment history. Maybe you were laid off, took time with a child or sick family member, or just took a break to refocus on your career and personal goals. We spoke to a few Accenture recruiters about how they perceive gaps, and what you can do to explain them in an interview.
“Gaps are not an automatic disqualifier”, says Accenture recruiter Norman Jones. Julia Reich Grewal agrees, adding, “Gaps don’t keep me from reaching out to the candidate if his or her experience is relevant.”
The best thing to do if you have a gap is to explain why it occurred and what you did during that time. Here are some quick tips for addressing gaps in employment.
“What a person does during a gap may be incredibly beneficial to his/her career in the future,” says Marta Llonch-Pere. “Maybe they gained experience from traveling, for example.”
Have a gap in your employment history? Share how you’ve talked about this time in the best light during interviews in the Comments section below.