Justifying the gaps in Resume

explain resume gapNo, there are no real tips here to solve the problem. I wonder if it is such a problem at first place. Well, for the great HR team it always is!

So here I am with a bachelors in business degree and masters in marketing with a scholarship. My discomfort is that I come with many irregular gaps in my CV.

Now when I go for the interviews, it is like going on a battlefield to fight the HR scrutiny and irrelevant questions that has nothing to do with the correlation of my skills to the requirements of the job. I sit there like a puppet trying to justify this genuine gap that they think is the mammoth sin of my life and that I have no right to exist in any company!

One one hand I film situations that would still portray me as responsible person for falling into this gap, on the other hand I believe that my real reasons would prove me not only more responsible but also a conscious citizen of this universe.

I am a woman in my late twenties. Since my masters I have been walking through heavy transitional phases. Common, admit that twenties is a life changing graph for many of us. In this phase we are exposed to life’s ultimate truth. To the curious minds, this phase is an extensive quest for all the events happening around.

To be a better human being is more important to me than becoming the best business professional. It disappoints me that the highly qualified HR groups (at least this is how I would like to believe) simply fail to take note that a person holding credible degrees with scholarship wouldn’t be frivolous In her attitude. Her gaps wouldn’t be simply the reasons of her lack of her sincerity toward her career or life.

While I was living abroad to finish my masters I was exposed to the international events and crises. I was exposed to the deadly quake news, flood news, political downfall, near death experiences of other people, different race, culture and faith. These events tore me apart but also opened my soul toward first learning, accepting and finally embracing the variety of our planet, our world.

I began questioning to an extent that I broke down when I didn’t find answers to the satisfaction of my soul. There were only why and how dilemmas for every wrong thing that happened in the world. I just couldn’t ignore the misery. I felt a strong need to make a difference if not change the world entirely. I wish to light a small corner at least the corner I would be leaving in

I struggled hard with ideas. I brainstormed to find out a way where I could apply the knowledge of my degree to make a difference back to the society. Meanwhile I worked for few companies. however, I didn’t like the idea of being stuck to a cubicle but I had to work to clear my pending student loan to pay off other expenses.

My entire energy went in researching and reading material from books and internet. I read about psychology, philosophy, arts, business, crises etc. As soon as I felt i was little better financially I ended up quitting my jobs. However with my health taking a toll I felt the need again to earn only to pay to the doctors. Thanks to the polluted world we live and the toxins we are exposed to that no one can dare escape from the side effects!

I am nervous thinking how many people are suffering due the gaps in their resume in spite of their reasons being as genuine as they could be. We have been living in a great economic depression since past few years and there is a long time until everything will start falling into place. Sigh

No recruiter has to the time to listen to the above and so most of the people end up making short stores which offer only pieces of humor to the other party. I choose not to present anything that is not truth. I haven’t reached my destination yet. I am still carving my niche, making a place for myself but it certainly wasn’t a candy ride how the recruiters might be thinking otherwise πŸ™‚ I am content at the things that I have discovered for myself which makes me stand at a better position to take actions and decisions. If I get to be a part of any organization, I know I would be as responsible as I can be boosting its primary goals toward the society with my conscious skills.

I would also like to add that I am aware of the costs that a company has to bear during the selection and replacing an employee process and so any recruiter would think twice before hiring someone who got doesn’t have a consistent employment history. However the red flags would should only be counted if the individual has changed 10-20 companies within a short period of time.

With all due respect, my request to recruiters is that please broaden your own mindset before judging candidates as inefficient simply on their work gaps in the first round itself. Let the selection process be fair. Let it judge on what the candidate can bring on the table for the company. Put him to the test. Ask him to present his ideas that would benefit the company. and then pick one who you think would really make a difference to your company’s profits in a positive way

Not many come with finest demonstration of their Resumes. Some might even fail to beat the aptitude/skills test. But sometimes a philanthropic, conscious and a revolutionary attitude can help the company achieve a great corporate image in the business. Haven’t the great scholars affirmed that it is not the sales that ranks the company to the top but it is a consistent employee retention and customer loyalty makes the company rule over many hearts πŸ™‚

I strongly believe that being the best person at work is not the ultimate goal of life. To have brighter soul is important than having a higher degree or work experience.

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3 thoughts on “Justifying the gaps in Resume

  1. Can a person not have a bright soul, work experience and higher education? Do you depend on your job to pay a mortgage, car payment or to keep lights and water on? Finally, do you know the cost of replacing an employee?

    It is my opinion that unless a person is independently wealthy then they should not have many gaps in there resume unless they were laid off or circumstances out of their control. People who need a paycheck to eat, live, make ends meet, survive, etc… usually do not leave a job without having something else lined up.

    Based on information in the May 1, 2015 issue of Insight Worldwide, the cost of replacing an employee could possibly range from 150% to 300% of the replaced employee’s base salary. I would think twice about my budget before hiring a person with too many gaps in employment.

    Finally, while I am not an expert but it might not be uncommon for someone in their twenties to have gaps due to internships, working during summer and winter break or taking a break prior starting the next phase of life.

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    • Sorry but you have misunderstood the text. There is no history of mine to have changed 10-20 jobs at a time. Yes, as you have mentioned that could worry the next recruiter. However, I have had just 3 jobs to count in the past. I am aware of the fact what you say above and I have also mention in the post of being responsible toward the company I would be working for. For the very same reasons, I had been selective to work where I believe my goals that speak for ethics and social development would resonate with the company I would be working for through their products and services. Yes, I am blessed to be in a situation where I don’t have the need to worry about mortgage or food. However for any individual, it is always matter of concern to be independent and use the family assets wisely. I am sorry but you sound very critical of my post while the main objective with it was to let the recruiters know that in times of recession and spiritual/ethical/social shifts there could be some people, if not all, who can choose to have gaps in resume only for the reasons related to self and social development (that in return could help their companies in longer run), and not really being victim of anything serious that could harm their companies. πŸ™‚ And thank you Angela for underlining this concern. Its important and I missed writing about it. I suppose I’ll have to add few points to clarify it in the post.

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      • It is unfortunate that my tone came across as being “critical” because my comments were ONE my opinion to a public blog and TWO my comment was intended to provide “constructive criticism”, whether generally or to the author. Note that I stated at the end that gaps for someone in there twenties may not be a big deal.

        I normally do not respond or comment but your subject caught my eye and therefore I even tagged you. I mentioned that because regardless of what anyone else’s opinion is be confident in your work.

        Good job!

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