A few weeks ago, I wrote about keeping your resume fresh during unemployment. It’s important to fill the gaps, change your resume format, and be completely honest.
But, what should you do when a long-term disability is the reason for your resume gap?
Remember that the same rules apply. Like with unemployment, you need to be honest.
You should start by changing your resume format. In this case, a functional resume is your best bet. This resume format highlights your skills and experience, instead of your chronological work history.
Employment gaps make employers worry about your commitment to the job. They want to make sure they hire someone who will be around for a long time. If your skills show you are a qualified candidate, hiring managers will be willing to look past your employment gap.
When it comes to the interview, be honest.Tell the interviewer the reason for the employment gap was a long-term disability. Keep your explanation brief and move the focus back to your skills. Make sure the interviewer knows you’re excited to get back to work.
The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. If you emphasize your skills and accomplishments in your new resume format, your long-term disability should not be a problem. Your qualifications are what count most.
What advice do you have for filling resume gaps due to a long-term disability?