Neville Rose, director of CV Writers, answers our reader's career dilemma on whether to include employment gaps due to redundancy on their CV.
Question: "Since taking redundancy from an energy company three months ago I have not been able to find work. I am concerned how this will look on my CV and that I am stuck in a cycle: the longer I am out of work, the less likely I am to be able to find a job. Should I include this gap in my CV and, if so, how much will it deter potential employers?"
Neville Rose says...
It is understandable that you want to be able to get back to work as soon as you can but don’t worry about this small recent gap in employment. It is only a short space of time and the world of employment has become far more accepting of redundancies and resulting spaces in employment since the financial crash.
Firstly, it is important to understand your exact circumstances. If you are working through a notice period or are on gardening leave then you are still officially at work. This means you can still put ‘– present’ on your CV. There is no need to include an end date at this stage. In practice, you can probably still keep your CV to ‘present’ a few weeks after your employment stops, although after a month or so you will need to include the month your employment eventually ended.
Most employers will not have an issue if no record of work is recorded for the next six months. If your CV is compelling enough and clearly presents your achievements, then this will override any concerns about the date employment stopped. They may even see the fact you are not working as a positive. It means you are freely available for work now and won’t need to work through a notice period. Your situation also reduces the uncertainty that comes from someone still in work in that they may eventually decide to stay in their current job even after being made an offer.
Three months is not a long time in the wider scheme of things so be confident in your job search and make sure the achievements in your CV shine strongly. If you are still not fortunate in finding work after six months then only at this stage should you be thinking about how you can plug this gap in the CV.
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