Employment Gaps on the Résumé

The résumé you’re looking at says the following:

Acme Industries 2010 – 2014

Franklin Publishing 2014 – 2015

Looks reasonable, right?

Well, what if your applicant left Acme Industries in January of 2014 and then started with Franklin Publishing in December of 2014?

That’s a gap of just about a year.

It’s worth a question or two to determine what was happening during that length of time. Was the applicant job hunting for what he hoped was a better job? Was his industry downsizing quite a bit during that time period? Or was he just not aggressively searching for employment?

The key to this tip is to be a bit of a detective when it comes to looking over someone’s résumé. When you find gaps, even ones not so obvious, find out what was happening.

The reason could be innocuous or it could point up a character flaw. Either way, you should know the full story.

As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.

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