It’s a common issue that jobseekers face, but it’s important to be honest and open about it.
Firstly, think about the gap and understand why it has occurred. It may be due to a career break, redundancy, leaving to start a family or for personal development. Knowing why it occurred will help you to explain it in a positive way.
Secondly, focus on the positive. Maybe you used the gap to upskill, volunteer or do something meaningful that adds value to your CV.
Thirdly, explain the gap in a few sentences on your CV and be honest and open about it. Don’t be tempted to over-explain or make up details.
Finally, prepare yourself for questions about the gap during an interview. You can use the same explanation as you wrote in your CV, but be prepared to provide more detail about the skills and experiences you gained during the gap.
Explaining a gap in your CV can seem daunting, but being proactive and honest will help you to feel more confident.