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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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IF YOU THINK THE CAREER GRASS IS GREENER SOMEWHERE ELSE, YOU BETTER HAVE PLANTED YOUR OWN SEEDS

A clear benefit of riding out the blizzard of 2022 is having the uninterrupted time to read John Kaag’s Hiking with Nietzsche. Working as a career coach and frequently assisting clients to see beyond the magnetizing allure of switching companies or even careers to find nirvana, I couldn’t put down Kaag’s masterpiece and its relevance to my own career. The tendency to switch careers to find happiness can easily become a habitual avoidance of identifying what you truly want to do and be in life and the impact and legacy you want to make. Continue reading IF YOU THINK THE CAREER GRASS IS GREENER SOMEWHERE ELSE, YOU BETTER HAVE PLANTED YOUR OWN SEEDS

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

Your Job Title Can Make Your Resume a Hit

Among the platinum-selling songs that Jimmy Webb has written are “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Worst That Could Happen”, “All I Know”, and “MacArthur Park”. Inherent to his songwriting genius is that he always starts with the song title before writing a single lyric. For Webb, lyrics are constructed to tell a clear story based upon the title. So, too, résumés. Continue reading Your Job Title Can Make Your Resume a Hit

How To Ask About Company Culture in a Job Interview

Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall in their engaging book Nine Lies About Work have demonstrated through extensive international research with major companies that the idea of a company culture is “useful fiction” in that it can’t explain one’s experience of work. “So strong is our identification with our ‘tribe’ (team) that it’s hard for us to imagine that other people inside our company are having a completely different experience of ‘tribe’ than ours. Yet they are-and these local team experiences have far more bearing on whether we stay in the tribe (company) or leave it than do our tribal (cultural) stories.” Continue reading How To Ask About Company Culture in a Job Interview

The Ring of Your Resume

The purpose of a résumé is to generate interest in scheduling the interview and, as such, is like the trailer to a movie: give the prospective employer enough to readily see your candidacy “fit” and motivate them to schedule you for an interview to learn more. That is where and when you can drill-down. A good trailer excites potential filmgoers just enough to make them want to go see the movie without giving away all the details. The same goes for a résumé. The running time of the movie trilogy The Ring was 11.2 hours. The trailer ran a mere 1:49. The film grossed $2.9 billion. Continue reading The Ring of Your Resume