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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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January & February: Best Job Search Months

January and February are the best months to seek out a new job and make a career change. Hiring budgets for the year have been approved and employers are motivated to jumpstart the year by filling open positions. Hiring activity that was delayed in November and December can now move forward and the backlog of unfilled 2021 jobs are out there. Many companies pay annual bonuses in December, so a lot of people wait until January to change jobs. Companies expect this so they look to make lots of new hires in January. Continue reading January & February: Best Job Search Months

Take A Career Lesson from Indie Artists

Only you can manage your career. It used to be when the world was younger that the company you worked for would train you, promote you from within, and basically take care of you all the way to retirement. That dream has ended. It is up to you and you alone to know what you want your next job to be, in what industry, what skills you need, what certifications are required, and how much education is essential. Continue reading Take A Career Lesson from Indie Artists

Erroll Garner’s message about meaningful work

I had the honor and pleasure of handling production for legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner for London Records. Known for his signature playing style that involved his right hand playing behind the beat while his left strummed a steady rhythm and punctuation, his words were music to my ears and continue to inspire me: Continue reading Erroll Garner’s message about meaningful work

What’s your career “moment of truth?”

The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms that has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space hosting the likes of Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, John Hiatt, Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Vince Gill. The tiny, legendary club is alive with conversation and comradery until it’s time to perform. Continue reading What’s your career “moment of truth?”

ALWAYS BE IN PERPETUAL FORWARD MOTION

I can’t remember a time in my life and career when I wasn’t in perpetual forward motion. I’ve been a producer for London Records, done stand-up comedy at NYC’s Gotham Comedy Club, produced and hosted for public television and broadcast radio, been a senior exec for several major corporations, been profiled on ESPN2’s Extreme Magazine for extreme leadership & team building, performed at legendary CBGBs and Nashville’s Bluebird Café and authored several books. And, the one lesson I’ve the learned the most deeply: NEVER LOOK BACK! Continue reading ALWAYS BE IN PERPETUAL FORWARD MOTION