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Old 10-18-2018, 09:45 AM
 
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I am updating my resume and have a lengthy gap of several months. I was having some mental health issues at the time, brought on by the death of a loved one (not making excuses, just explaining the circumstances - non-drug related). I can't say I had health issues, for numerous reasons.

How do I address this on paper? I did not volunteer and I was not in school (although, I did take some on-line classes when I started to get better). I have no children, can't say I was raising kids.
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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You can't tell the truth? I don't see why not, it's better than telling a lie.

Good luck, Rg
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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Several months is not really a problem, compared with 'several years.' Don't lie, but, also don't obsess over things you cannot control.

Nobody "hires" a resume (the resume is only to get you an interview). Simply use dates on your resume (2012 - 2015). When/if the 'gap' subject comes up, tell them you had some personal health issues in your family, that have now been corrected -

- If you feel like you must say more, tell them you chose to take some online courses while you were off - and point-out how that education helped make you a better job candidate.
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:58 AM
 
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Several months is not really a problem, compared with 'several years.' Don't lie, but, also don't obsess over things you cannot control.

Nobody "hires" a resume (the resume is only to get you an interview). Simply use dates on your resume (2012 - 2015). When/if the 'gap' subject comes up, tell them you had some personal health issues in your family, that have now been corrected -

- If you feel like you must say more, tell them you chose to take some online courses while you were off - and point-out how that education helped make you a better job candidate.
This sounds good.
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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You can't tell the truth? I don't see why not, it's better than telling a lie.

Good luck, Rg
It's just that an employer might be concerned about health care costs, and secondly, they might think I am a "sickie" who will call out all the time if I tell them I had prior "health" issues.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:13 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...gap of several months ...brought on by the death of
The term is bereavement.
Deep details aren't required.
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Old 10-18-2018, 01:53 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The term is bereavement.
Deep details aren't required.
I don't know, that's a long time even for a parent, child or spouse considering that others manage with a week or two. I would say "family matters" which is still true, but more general and leaves room for many different possibilities and a potential employer should not need further detail.
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Not sure if this would work for you but I don't put months on my resume, just the years. Sometimes I went immediately from one job to another and other times I didn't.

For example like this:

Big Sized Horrible Accounting Firm Staff Accountant 2013-2014
Medium Sized Horrible Accounting Firm Senior Accountant 2014-2016
Small Sized Horrible Accounting Firm Senior Accountant 2016-2017
Strange Horrible Family Office Tax Accountant 2017-2018
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Old 10-18-2018, 03:19 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I don't know, that's a long time even for a parent, child or spouse considering that others manage with a week or two. I would say "family matters" which is still true, but more general and leaves room for many different possibilities and a potential employer should not need further detail.
This is probably what I'd choose. It could mean anything from your personal issue to to settling an estate, to needing to care for an elderly parent. It tells them you acknowledge the time, not that you ignore it (and possibly prompting a question about it).
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:48 PM
 
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I don't know, that's a long time even for a parent, child or spouse considering that others manage with a week or two. I would say "family matters" which is still true, but more general and leaves room for many different possibilities and a potential employer should not need further detail.
I was thinking this, too. Granted, we all grieve at our own place, most people do have to return to work in a week or two (or sometimes right away).
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