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Communicating work gaps


Rodney Lewallen Euless, TX

At first glance, a recruiter will immediately see that I haven’t been unemployed since March, and the two careers I had after the military lasted only a year a piece.
Each of the gaps has a legitimate explanation that can be explained if brought up in an interview, but unfortunately, I’m not getting the interviews. In fact a recent employer told me that regardless of what it was, I.e, mowing lawns, or flipping burgers, I need to come up with something to show that I’m currently employed. I found that odd, in my mind it would seem dishonest. But with that in mind, I certainly don’t want to tell him the I left those jobs to have surgeries to my spine and legs as a result of an ied explosion either. My most recent gap on the other hand was due to attending classes to gain the industry certifications required to become a safety professional. Unlike my previous reasons, that one can be explained in my education history.
Any ideas?

20 January 2020 6 replies Resumes & Cover Letters



Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

First I can not find a profile for you on LinkedIn, with 90% of the employers looking at this I would highly recommend this tool. Secondly, you can advertise those certificates on your profile. Personally I would head to your local American Job Center and find a DVOP, a veteran advocate for employment. They know companies that actually seek individuals who are willing to work, with disabilities. There are those that are disabled and those that are temporarily slowed down but choose to work. I am enslcosing a couple of ariticles on profiles. Also connect to Michael Quinn on LinkedIn, he provides tips about everyday. Thanks for your service and God Bless. Also look at Hire Heroes USA for help with the resume.

20 January 2020 Helpful answer


Steve Adolt Lancaster, PA


I know an awesome guy in occupational safety that would be perfect for you to talk with and I would be happy to facilitate that conversation if you've not landed yet.

Let me know if you're interested.




Bob Molluro Wilmington, DE

Rodney, the answer lies in finding an intermediary who can introduce you to the right person. I have coached many people and advised them to use every conversation to bring up the fact that they are looking and would appreciate any help. It only takes one person to introduce you to the right situation. Sometimes that will feel like a fruitless attempt but the key to your next step is finding the right person to introduce you to the right situation not in a better resume that may or not be read. Best of luck and thank you for your service.
Warmly, Bob


Rodney Lewallen Euless, TX

To Johns comment; I’m hesitant to mention my injuries for fear of causing the employer to hesitate to consider me. I realize that sounds a bit confusing considering it could be a way to break the barrier.


Rodney Lewallen Euless, TX

That’s strange that you were unable to find me. My settings are open to the public. My LinkedIn address is https//:LinkedIn/in/lewallenrodney.
I’m actually already a follower and a fan of Michael Quinn. He’s a real straight shooter and intelligent man. I’ll look into the AJC and DVOP today.
Thank you for your input.


John Volpe Seaford, NY

Rodney :

You can explain those gaps in employment in a cover letter if you’re sending resumes directly to an employer. If you’re uploading your resume you could also add a short sentence in your opening comments . I’ll second Jerry’s recommendation to contact Hire Heroes for specific help with your resume .

Best of luck .


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