Thursday, July 03, 2008

Medical Work Gap on Resume

My daughter recently stopped working for 3 months to recover from surgery. She now needs to find a new job. How does she acknowledge the employment gap and the fact that she is currently working temporary jobs while searching for a full time position?
-- Debra


Dear Debra,
Because the gap in employment is only three months long, and those three month are all within the same year your daughter left her last full-time job, there's no need to even mention the time off. Just be sure to list only years -- no months -- in the work history on the resume, like this:

20xx-2008, Job Title, ABC Company

Don't refer to the temporary jobs she's held most recently. She'll have to list those jobs on her job application form, but she doesn't need to list them on her resume.

Best of luck with the job search!

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