How You Can Fill the Gaps in Your Resume













You may be unemployed for a while, and when you look to update your resume, you may not know how to explain the years you were out of a job.

Your prospective employer will question why you have gaps in your resume that do not reflect in your favor.

Should you stop working for any reason, be it voluntary, or you get fired, think about things you could do that would reflect well on your resume when you seek employment.

In this article, I want to discuss three ways you can fill the gaps in your resume.


Volunteering is a great way to fill in the gaps in your resume. Instead of writing, “unemployed for two years,” you should write, “volunteered with Mary Children’s Hospital from 2011 to 2013.”

This way, the recruiter sees that you occupied your time well even though you didn’t get a salary.



Professional development

You can develop professionally by doing short courses or taking an advanced degree.

Professional development looks good on your resume and shows you are serious about your career.

If finances are a problem, find free courses online that you can take.


Adjust your Resume

Instead of using the chronological sequence in listing your work experience, you can list your achievements and experiences first, and then list the years at the end of the resume so that they do not stand out.

This way, it’s not obvious that you have gaps in your resume.

If you want any assistance with your resume, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me by using the contact form.



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  1. WNJ says:

    Awesome and useful tips for nurses! Keep yourself busy by volunteering and improving your skills by taking short courses are things you have to consider. Thanks for sharing these tips! 🙂

    • Joyce says:

      Absolutely! Taking short courses will benefit your resume.