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I am a molecular biologist with a career gap due to family reasons. I am actively involved in Community Health awareness programs. What resources can I explore to pursue my career again?

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ruma farooqui darby Brooklyn, NY

How do I translate my current volunteer involvement into work experience on my resume?

21 June 2019 2 replies Career Exploration

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Vivek Vadakkuppattu Seattle, WA

Two options come to mind, (1) programs for veterans at pharma companies, and (2) foundations like the Bill and Melinda gates foundation that are doing a lot of great work in community health. Good luck!

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Katelyn Ramp New York, NY

Ruma,

Hope you're having a great day and thank you for your service! It is an interesting question to ask, but also a very common one in the military spouse community too - in a job search (e.g. during interviews, in resumes,) how does one balance the conversation of explaining one's great experience, with also, periods of an employment gap?

I think you have already put yourself in a strong spot, with experience related to the HealthCare field; these will be great topics to integrate into your future job search. As well, it is also, good to have a firm strategy before entering your targeted job search too. This could be a great resource to get this conversation started: How to Answer Interview Questions About Employment Gaps, from the balance - https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-answer-interview-questions-about-employment-gaps-2061138 and How to Explain an Employment Gap on Your Resume, from the balance - https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-explain-a-gap-on-your-resume-2063188.

As well, I would look into using our "Community" tab too. Exploring Advisors within the HealthCare and Human Resources field, could be a great additional strategy for this job search.

Hope this helps and thank you for your time!

Kate,

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