It can be common to have gaps within your CV. Examples can range from looking after a family member or applying for a new job. You may have been travelling abroad, spent your time caring for your children, or decided to go back to education.
Gaps are becoming more and more common within people’s careers, as many people find themselves working until they reach their 70s and 80s. This growing trend is likely to lead people to have more gaps within their CV, as more people are adopting non-linear career journeys. Our CEO Alistair Cox talks about how these trends are becoming more common in his recent LinkedIn Influencer blog.
But how can you get past this in an interview which makes the client want you as an employee, rather than turning you out the door?
Firstly, there are several guidelines you can follow before looking into the most common CV gaps:
Remember that there’s no shame in having gaps in your CV. Gaps in your career isn’t something you should hide from an interviewer. So, when you’re asked about any gaps on your CV by an interviewer, answer honestly and confidently, give concrete examples of how you’ve used your time outside of work, and why you’re enthusiastic about the role you have applied for.
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Thea is responsible for the UK & I marketing team as well as driving the strategic direction of the marketing function, looking closely at opportunities for growth, positioning in the marketplace and sales support. She was appointed to the Hays UK & I Board in July 2017, following joining the UK business in the summer of 2016. Prior to her current role she was the Vice President of Marketing for the Hays Americas business, joining the business in 2012. Under her management she built the marketing function from general support to a strategic driver of sales, establishing a central marketing unit supporting Canada, US and four Latin American countries.
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