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RESUME GAPS IN THE NEW CAREER MARKETPLACE

Concerned about gaps in your resume? When was the last time you fret over the time between your favorite recording artist’s gap between albums? You were probably more excited about what had changed and listening to the new songs. Many musicians have had long spans of time between the release dates of consecutive studio albums. Here are just a few:

· Bob Seger: 10+ years between It’s a Mystery (1995) and Face the Promise (2006)
· The Rolling Stones: 11+ years between A Bigger Bang (2005) and Blue & Lonesome (2016)
· The Who: 13+ years between Endless Wire (2006) and Who (2019)
· The Band: 16+ years between Islands (1977) and Jericho (1993)
· Steve Miller Band: 17+ years between Wide River (1993) and Bingo! (2010)
· Pink Floyd: 20+ years between The Division Bell (1994) and The Endless River (2014)
· The Who: 24+ years between It’s Hard (1982) and Endless Wire (2006)
· The Yardbirds: 35+ years between Little Games (1967) and Birdland (2003)
· Bob Weir: 38+ years between Heaven Help the Fool (1978) and Blue Mountain (2016)

While gaps in professional resumes have usually been a red flag for all the wrong reasons, an experienced professional returning to work today after a gap means far less than it once did; especially during Covid when many workers have productively used this time (like recording artists) to hone and diversify their skills and explore new opportunities.

As much as you might worry about gaps in your resume, employers are much more focused on The Great Resignation and things like flex/hybrid work arrangements and retention. Resumes that would have once been rejected because of gaps have now become the norm. Because of the pandemic, employers are not surprised to see gaps during that period or consider them negatives. They are the new normal. And for older workers concerned about the triple whammy of Covid, job gaps, and ageism, with younger employees far more likely to quit their jobs, seasoned professionals are becoming all the rage. Loyalty and dependability are the new career currency.

Cover letters and interviews are ideal communication vehicles for explaining job gaps, so long as the explanations are direct, honest, and speak to how you used the time, such as documenting new skills you’ve learned, volunteer work you’ve engaged in, or how you used the time to raise a new family AND earned micro-certifications while being a new parent. Fuel your reasons by explaining how what you did reflects a strong desire to get back to work or pivot to a new field. Think of your transferable skills as your “best of.”

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Marc Emmer on The Great Resignation

Marc Emmer talks with Garrison about The Great Resignation on Java, Jobs, and YOU. Marc is an author, speaker, and consultant recognized as a thought leader throughout North America for his expertise in strategy and strategic planning. He has written two books, including Momentum, How Companies Decide What to Do Next. He has personally facilitated strategy sessions for more than 150 companies and delivered over 350 keynotes on strategy and value creation.

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Kristi DePaul on Compensation Negotiation

Kristi DePaul is a recognized authority on career navigation and personal branding. Her work has appeared internationally and has been cited by prominent think tanks and universities. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and was recently named one of the world’s top 50 Remote Innovators. Kristi is founder and principal at Nuanced, a thought leadership firm for executives, and serves as CEO of Founders, a fully remote content agency focused on the future of learning and the future of work. She earned her master’s degree from the H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Tracey Gendron: Ageism Unmasked

Dr. Tracey Gendron serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology and as Director for the Virginia Center on Aging. Tracey has a Master’s degree in Gerontology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. With over 25 years of experience as a grant-funded researcher and as a nationally recognized speaker, Tracey is dedicated to raising awareness and ending ageism through education.

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Julia Milner on Successful Employee Coaching

Professor Julia Milner is an award winning practitioner and an award winning academic in the field of leadership who has been named in the World’s ‘Top 40 Business Professors under 40’. She has extensive industry experience as a Business Coach & Management Consultant – working with executives and international companies around the globe. Julia’s YouTube Channel ‘Working on Clouds’ tackles everything related to work & happiness. Julia has studied or worked with 25 Universities worldwide, across six disciplines and in seven cultures. She is an expert in the area of Leadership, Coaching and Positive Psychology. Julia has lived in Germany, North America, Spain, Belgium, Finland, China, France, Great Britain and Australia. She delivered a Tedx talk on the topic of ‘The surprising truth in how to be a great leader’ and her research has been featured on Ted.com, World Economic Forum, Harvard Business Review & The Economist and she has published with Random House.

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APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS WITH PHIL STRAZZULLA

Phil Strazzulla is founder of SelectSoftware Reviews, a website dedicated to helping HR and Recruiting teams to find and buy the right software through in-depth, expert advice. He started his career working in venture capital before getting his MBA from Harvard Business School. Phil is an expert on Applicant Tracking Systems, one of the Top 9 HR tech influencers to follow in 2022, and recently published The Top 13 Best Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) – 2022

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KEVYN RUSTICI: THE FUTURE OF HR

Kevyn Rustici is Area Vice President and Strategic Human Capital Consultant for Gallagher, a global insurance brokerage, risk management, and consulting firm. He is a critical partner with business leaders and HR departments to understand how programs directly impact the bottom line so they can work to together to unlock the full potential of their people, while designing great places to work so their team members deliver a greater return on their investment. Kevyn has successfully demonstrated that HR departments no longer must be cost centers to the business but can become profit centers yielding a greater return on their people investments. Continue reading KEVYN RUSTICI: THE FUTURE OF HR