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Old 06-07-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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The economy was bad for a lot longer than just 1.5 years.
The economy was good in 2007. I just saw a Youtube video saying it was a great job market for college graduates in 2007. Also, in 2007, my contract at Schlumberger ended and in the same week I got hired by Jacobs.

2008 was when things started going bad. So 2 years unemployed is ok now...
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:53 PM
 
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A recent sizable gap is far less worrisome than lots of gaps over many years, which may suggest the applicant is unreliable. Functional resumes still need some dates on them so this format isn't going to hide the fact that someone spent a few years out of the workforce.

But that shouldn't matter to someone who has spent a few years as a home caregiver (for either children, elderly, or the infirm), because that is a legitimate job and they should put it on their resume.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:54 PM
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I found a functional resume to work better for me. I imagine that the keywords are there at the top and come up in searches and when someone quickly scans the document by eye.

Then I put the chronological at the bottom.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:49 AM
 
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Does seeking an education count for having employment gaps?
Absolutely, but again I'd point that out in the cover letter.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:58 AM
 
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So what happens if applicants are mothers that have been out of the workforce for 3-4 years or more? What about those that have taken care of someone ill in their family for 3-4 years or more? Are they automatically assumed to have something wrong with them?
I wouldn't think there was something wrong with them as long as they indicated in the cover letter why they were out of the workforce.

That said, I'd be very leery that their skills were rusty and/or out of date, and in the case of a stay-at-home parent, there would be concern that s/he'd end up taking a lot of time off for sick kids, daycare issues, teacher conferences, etc. I wouldn't neccessarily not interview them, but they would have to really wow me in a phone interview to get to the next step.

I should add that it would also depend on the type of job. A technical position, I'd pass them by if they had been out of the workforce for that long. (If they had been working even p/t, contract, or in a related industry I'd be OK with it.)

An admin position, it would depend. If they had been doing relevent volunteer work (designing the newsletter for the PTA or a non-profit for example) then I'd be much more inclined to consider them.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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A recent sizable gap is far less worrisome than lots of gaps over many years, which may suggest the applicant is unreliable. Functional resumes still need some dates on them so this format isn't going to hide the fact that someone spent a few years out of the workforce.

But that shouldn't matter to someone who has spent a few years as a home caregiver (for either children, elderly, or the infirm), because that is a legitimate job and they should put it on their resume.

Some would say that something like this is best put in the cover letter, and not the resume.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:05 AM
 
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The economy was good in 2007. I just saw a Youtube video saying it was a great job market for college graduates in 2007. Also, in 2007, my contract at Schlumberger ended and in the same week I got hired by Jacobs.

2008 was when things started going bad. So 2 years unemployed is ok now...
Some hiring managers still hold unemployment against applicants, even in a bad economy. But there are some that are understanding.
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