This past Tuesday’s Saratoga Job Fair was a great success; several companies met new and potential employees and over 100 people visited the resume critiquing/career advice booths.
One of the points I drove home to many who have been out of work for a bit is to find something to explain gaps of employment on their resume. A solid objective or noting side work or freelance work that you have done can be the secret ingredient for explaining away gaps in employment.
Gaps are not a bad thing; however, if there are too many, or if there is a long period of time where you haven’t work, there needs to be some clarity by writing a good objective such as “After returning to school for a year, looking for a new opportunity…” or “After leaving work for XXXX reasons, actively searching for a new opportunity.”
The second way I mentioned to fill a gap is to put together the freelance or temporary work you have been doing into a coherent package, possibly under the heading “Self-Proprietor”.
If you weren’t able to make it to the job fair, send your resume to me by October 11th for a complimentary critique.