How To List Gaps for Personal Reasons on Your IT Resumes

If the resume you give to IT staffing firms and IT recruiters has gaps between IT jobs for time you’ve taken with your family, you need to be careful how you document it.  Some IT professionals are given poor advice on how to list gaps in time and they wind up with resumes that technical recruiters and IT recruiting companies are not interested in.  How can you avoid turning off hiring managers and IT recruiting firms? Try to list this gap as briefly and professionally as possible.  Hiring managers and IT staffing agencies don’t want to see personal details. The best way to describe a gap is with brief, standardized professional phrasing.  For instance, giving the dates of your absence and calling it a ‘leave of absence’ is professional but still makes it clear you were not unemployed and unable to find work during a gap in time.  Some people will go overboard and try to list skills or responsibilities they took on during this time.  Don’t do this—you didn’t have a boss that you were accountable to, so these things can’t really be measured.  It also can come across as desperate to potential employers. If you’ve tried listing the gap a few ways, but are still unsatisfied with your ideas, ask the IT staffing companies you’re working with and trust to help you do it.  They will appreciate your effort to make your resume as appealing as possible to potential employers.

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