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Old 01-12-2016, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Gaps are not as uncommon today and shouldn't hurt all that much, unless the hiring manager thinks they are uncommon. Though i would suggest doing something like traveling abroad, blogging, volunteer work or learning a new skill to look like you did something. Something is better than nothing.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Empire State of Philly
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Gaps are not as uncommon today and shouldn't hurt all that much, unless the hiring manager thinks they are uncommon. Though i would suggest doing something like traveling abroad, blogging, volunteer work or learning a new skill to look like you did something. Something is better than nothing.
I already have a job lined up, but as it's only on a contract basis, I'm thinking about the next job search.
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Empire State of Philly
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Every article I have read said that if you are out of work for more than six months you are considered damaged goods. If you were any good someone else would have picked you by now.
Well, I had two job offers and I let go of one to choose the one which caused me to lose a precious amount of time and money. I can't list it on my resume because it was too short, but I could certainly explain that I was travelling.

The thing is, I have a feeling I've been subjected to a certain form of bias during my job search. I have a very middle-eastern sounding name and although I'm not trying to illegitimately justify this gap, I believe it is partly due to my background. I got fired on my first day after the Paris attacks. It's a bit odd. It could be coincidential, but it could also be rather biased.

My job search hasn't been any different from the way I conducted it last time I was off. Yet, this time around, I only got four phone calls over the course of 8 months, despite the fact that I have sent my resume to many companies which sometimes don't even require a college degree.

Anyway, I volunteered and started studying towards a professional qualification exam, that should do the trick. It's my only "major" gap, hoping it's the last.
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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Every article I have read said that if you are out of work for more than six months you are considered damaged goods. If you were any good someone else would have picked you by now.
Your information is about 20 years out of date.
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:38 PM
 
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Your resume is not an employment history form...
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Every article I have read said that if you are out of work for more than six months you are considered damaged goods. If you were any good someone else would have picked you by now.
Eh, not really but after six months it can be an issue. Remember we see: one, long drawn out hiring processes; two, a lot of "great applicants" not get jobs as there is only one position; three, holiday and vacation periods take up that time (the old axiom of nobody gets hired during summer months and December); and four, "fake postings" that really only went up out of law but went to an internal candidate already.

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I already have a job lined up, but as it's only on a contract basis, I'm thinking about the next job search.
That's good, good luck to you.

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Your information is about 20 years out of date.
Not nessicarily. Some people still follow that axiom. Just check out some threads on city-data both from the scared unemployed and hiring managers. I believe oldtrader would support this claim from the hiring manager side of the issue.

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Your resume is not an employment history form...
No but it needs to have a recent job at the top. They may have your application on file but it looks good to have the most recent job at the top of the list. After that, only use relevant jobs.
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:38 PM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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Hello everyone,

I have been rather stressed out lately because of the gap on my resume. I finished my last placement in June 2015 and it took me 8 months to find another job for some unknown reason. I couldn't land a single phone interview, no matter how much I tried. Also, due to desperation, I accepted a call-center job abroad which ended pretty abruptly after one day. This misstep disrupted my job search for a couple of weeks as I had stopped looking after landing that job.

Now, I have landed another position on a temporary basis and I'm wondering about the aftermaths. Certain employers will certainly question this 8 months gap and put it down on a certain unwillingness to work, which is obviously not the case.

I have a solid educational background (graduated in September 2014) and experience, but I'm afraid this 8 months gap might jinx certain opportunities. Strange how everyone in my class have their careers on track and I'm still struggling despite the fact we had similar credentials upon graduation.

If the gap happens to be questionned, how should I respond?
"I was volunteering at my local suicide crisis center...I didn't do so well.." (sniff like you're about to cry) I'd do that just for laughs....


I helped doing (Various) things
I spent sometime seeking work in other countries.
Took some classes to improve my usefulness.
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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"I was volunteering at my local suicide crisis center...I didn't do so well.." (sniff like you're about to cry) I'd do that just for laughs....


I helped doing (Various) things
I spent sometime seeking work in other countries.
Took some classes to improve my usefulness.
Please don't joke about suicide.
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:41 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I have been rather stressed out lately because of the gap on my resume. I finished my last placement in June 2015 and it took me 8 months to find another job for some unknown reason. I couldn't land a single phone interview, no matter how much I tried. Also, due to desperation, I accepted a call-center job abroad which ended pretty abruptly after one day. This misstep disrupted my job search for a couple of weeks as I had stopped looking after landing that job.

Now, I have landed another position on a temporary basis and I'm wondering about the aftermaths. Certain employers will certainly question this 8 months gap and put it down on a certain unwillingness to work, which is obviously not the case.

I have a solid educational background (graduated in September 2014) and experience, but I'm afraid this 8 months gap might jinx certain opportunities. Strange how everyone in my class have their careers on track and I'm still struggling despite the fact we had similar credentials upon graduation.

If the gap happens to be questionned, how should I respond?
What do you mean you "finished...last placement in June 2015"? Was that a temp job?

Do you have a history of permanent work in your background, where you stayed at least 2 years? Are you over 30?

All the above questions need to be known before knowing if an 8 month gap is an issue. If a person has a solid work history with a couple of good references, an 8 month gap shouldn't be a big hurdle. After all, you have a proven track record of being a good employee. In that case, I'd just be honest and say it took that long to find other employment. Then add that in the meantime, besides looking for permanent work, you did (insert what you did...don't exaggerate too much). And then have at least one reference for that to back you up (like for the pro bono work).

If you have mainly worked temp jobs instead of permanent, then an 8 month gap isn't a big issue. It's more the issue of a lack of permanent job history with decent references. The 8 month gap just adds to the questionable history.

However, with time, anything can be overcome. You will eventually get a permanent job, have good job references, be able to move to a better paying job, etc. That 8 month gap will be a distant memory.

I can't imagine that someone would fire you because you have a ME name. After all, you had it when they hired you. And there were terrorists the day before, just like the day of the firing, and the day after that. I'm not saying that people wouldn't get nervous about it, but if they were, they would be likely not to hire you in the first place. BTW, with a ME sounding name, it would not be a bad thing to clarify to a coworker or HR, without them asking (they can't ask, legally) that you are not .... whtever it is you think they're afraid of. You shouldn't have to, but if it were me, I would.

There are a lot of ME people working in the U.S. with no problems.
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Old 01-12-2016, 07:16 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I had a 3 year gap, due to pursuing a business venture(plus traveling). The business did well and I sold it. It has never been an issue, I have discussed it in interviews and usually get a positive interested response. 8 months is very short, in reality and should not be an issue if explained why and what you were doing in the time frame.
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