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Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?

Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?

Christina Macres

3. Gaps

Gaps on your resume equal instant suspicion for hiring managers. What exactly were you doing for that time? If at all possible, you should avoid breaks in work experience. Now, that being said, most employers are aware of the economic climate and consequently the extra-competitive job market.

If you find that you have multiple gaps on your resume (for example, due to a couple of layoffs), don’t be afraid to use a short part of your cover letter to provide an explanation. Just like describing your skills and experience while on the job, you should provide explanation for why you’ve been unemployed.

Just remember, past jobs are an important part of your career. The experience gained from them is significant — even if it’s not perfectly relevant. Be confident in your skills and stand behind your passion. The job you want can be yours!

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