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Best method to explain a medical gap in employment


Kenneth Boggus Clearwater, FL

Took time away from career to address a family medical situation in another state. What is the best practice/method to reflect the gap in employment during this time on a resume and during an interview?

31 October 2018 5 replies Interviews



Tom Adam El Segundo, CA

I'll dovetail off what others have said, especially having faced the same situation myself. When asked about it, either in an initial phone screen or a full-scale interview, simply point out that a family member's health situation required extended attention, and at the time you were in the best position to take on that responsibility. If the situation has now been resolved, you make mention of that, and that you're now ready to return full-time to the work force.

Any company truly worth working for will appreciate the fact that you put family first.

15 November 2018 Helpful answer


Shelly Wilt Tampa, FL

I agree with Tim on this. Highlight the responsibilities you had while supporting the family member. Rather you helped with accounting and bill paying, to physically offering support it was work and can be described as such.


Anqi Zhao Hakalau, HI

Do you have volunteer experiences during that period that can fill the gap?


Susana Moraga Hayward, CA

A resume is a very personal marketing tool to an employer.
You need to decide how to best present the transferable skills to each employer.
You may list it as a position as Tim mentioned or not, you truly need to understand the employers needs and how to best present your skills.
The same for the interview, gaps are not seen as negative, what you say about them or how you present them is what is important.


Tim Feemster Dallas, TX

I would prominently display the "job" just like any other, because it is. Outline the nature of the support and reasoning behind it. If a company pushes back on such a personal element in your past, you probably don't want to work there anyway.

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