Properly selling gaps in your CV and mosaic careers: 4 application tips [+ checklist]

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Gaps in your CV are created faster than many believe. But even if mosaic careers are becoming more and more normal today, many still respond HR and recruiter skeptical. Our 4 tips will help.

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Gaps in your CV - a challenge for applicants

A Casting creating is basically a challenge. All data must be gathered and information about the potential employer collected. Then the collected works must also be clearly arranged in the correct form in order to leave a good impression.

Some applicants are shocked to find that there is no evidence of their activity for a period of time. And there they are: the dreaded Gaps in the resume, This means longer periods of at least two months in the professional career, for which there is no evidence. But usually the gap in the curriculum vitae is not the real problem. Rather, the wrong handling of them can cause the greater damage.

What's the problem with incomplete resumes?

Imagine you are an employer and want to hire a new employee. Everything fits perfectly and he seems to be the right choice for the advertised position. But then you discover that he cannot prove what he did over a long period of time. The applicant is pushing around and cannot give a reasonable explanation. Are you not getting curious or even suspicious?

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HR managers and supervisors want to attract good employees to their company. Of course, these employees should have the required skills - but the basic requirement for good cooperation is reliability and honesty. If this basis does not exist from the outset, those responsible are more likely to choose another applicant.

Hide the gap? Not a good idea!

As the saying goes: "Lies have short legs." If you cannot explain a gap in your CV of more than two months or try to cover it up, a good HR specialist will quickly notice it. At the latest in the job interview, you can expect skillful questions in this regard.

At this point, one or the other “repair” has already been uncovered in the résumé. For the applicant, this means guaranteed the end. Falsifying documents is not well received. And if the "beauty corrections" come to light only after you have started working in the company, this can lead to one termination without notice of the employment relationship. This, in turn, does not make a particularly good impression on the next application.

Typical mistakes: the problem with the gap

Typical mistakes in the curriculum vitae are, for example, omitting the monthly information. Here, every HR specialist is listening and asking carefully. Or, instead of a chronological résumé, you submit a profile without any time information.

This option is also not an alternative. Because a qualification profile for a conventional application for a permanent employment relationship only serves to supplement the application documents and does not replace the curriculum vitae. This means that the documents are not complete and the chances of getting a new job decrease enormously.

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Times change

It used to start typical career of an employee with a school-leaving certificate, continued with a successfully completed apprenticeship and took over in the company and ended with the retirement from the company. Today a career usually looks a little different. Applicants gain experience by changing jobs, undergo further training and the length of employment varies continuously.

The open-ended employment contract is also a rarity today. This procedure alone increases the frequency of a job change or a new orientation immensely. The demands of companies increase just like the workload. The willingness of workers to face increasing pressure is falling. So-called sabbaticals are increasing and more and more school and university graduates are being held up with internships. The typical and complete CV is therefore becoming increasingly rare.

Gaps in your CV: 4 tips on how applicants deal with them

Who does not know that? The extra round at school, dropping out of studies, the short break after training or a somewhat longer job search. These are mostly completely normal developments in the lives of many people. However, this creates the universally feared gaps in the résumé, which supposedly ensure that an applicant does not get the desired job. But don't worry - with the right tips and the correct handling of these missing entries, you don't have to worry about the gaps in your CV more than necessary.

1. Tailor the curriculum vitae exactly to the job advertisement

There is no right or wrong when it comes to careers, because every résumé is individual. If you have already completed several professional positions, you may also be wondering whether this gives you a chance of the advertised dream job. Unfortunately, there is no general answer to the question. Every company has different requirements and the decisions are often more subjective.

Covering up is not the right way. So try to put the unpopular missing data in the background. Adapt your CV even more to the job advertisement. How can you convince? Highlight your qualifications and skills on your resume. You may also be able to distract yourself a little by reversing the order of the listing, depending on the occurrence of the gap. Or indicate success in the form of work samples. The more positive you stand out elsewhere, the less important the gap in your CV becomes.

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2. Checklist: This is how you stand by your gaps

In any case, it is important not to cover up any gaps in the CV. Stand by it. Reasons such as parental or parenting times, further and advanced training, stays abroad, independence or the longer application phase are no longer uncommon:

  • Change of training place or dropout or change of course: The first choice is not always the ultimate. Nobody has to be ashamed to change their training place or course of study. Questions arise when this procedure is repeated more often.
  • Career: Sometimes you have to orientate yourself right after school or university. References are not yet available, so the application process sometimes takes a little more time.
  • Unemployment: If it doesn't take too long, this is usually not a problem for the new employer. Whether short or long - an honest explanation and ambition is helpful in any case.
  • Illness: You don't have to hide an illness. However, if this is chronic, depending on the diagnosis, the decision-makers may have reservations. A well-defined period is always good.
  • Termination: Depending on whether you are at fault or not, you will be asked questions. Again, answer honestly and without blame. This shows respect and loyalty to the former employer.

3. Fill in the gaps in your CV

When it comes to gaps, the motto “honesty lasts the longest.” You don't have to emphasize this. However, if you are asked about it, honesty usually really helps. Then think again carefully about what you did in that time. Can you even use this activity for the advertised job? Perhaps you have taken an online course during this time, which will help you now. Or you have refreshed your language skills. Try to make positive use of the experience gained during this time.

HR personnel are also people, so that those responsible also know what is going on in everyday work. But you should also exercise caution here. Because honestly does not mean that you divulge intimate details. Make sure that the declaration is well packaged and digestible.

4. Avoid gaps in your CV completely

Of course, in real life you don't always think about whether the résumé is always complete after a decision has been made. Something unforeseen can always happen. The employer is suddenly insolvent and you are unexpectedly unemployed. Or many things come together at once, so that everything grows over your head.

Rather, if a gap occurs, it is important that you fill it well from the start. Training, languageCourses or internships are good options for this. This way, you don't even feel embarrassed to have to justify yourself to your new employer.

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Outlook: There are also changes in applications

Digitization, new media, society ... everything is constantly changing. A lot has also happened in terms of application and gaps in the CV. What used to be an absolute no-go may be seen very differently today. A perfect resume is now a rarity. HR managers and employers are increasingly turning their attention to the so-called soft skills of applicants.

In addition, the Skills shortage for a change in the job market. Employers are also in demand here to attract and retain new employees. Because of this, one or the other gap in the résumé is already accepted. Nevertheless, applicants should prepare well, be able to score with competencies and also convince with honesty.

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