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Resume Gaps, Blemishes, & Career Shifts: Yikes!

08/24/2010 06:02 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Liz Ryan Speaker, writer, soprano and mom; founder, Human Workplace

Job-seekers have a lot on their minds, but I don't know of anything that worries job-hunters more than resume gaps and blemishes.

You know what I'm talking about, I'll bet.

A resume gap causes job-seekers a lot of sleepness nights, and I don't blame them. HR screeners and even hiring managers can have bizarre, paranoid reactions to resume gaps. For some reason, people see a gap in employment and they can only imagine two possibilities. Either the job-seeker was in prison during those missing years, or s/he was training with Al Qaeda. It's really strange.

There are other resume blemishes, apart from gaps. An unexpected shift in career direction needs some explanation. Moves into and out of corporate jobs (and moves in or out of consulting) can throw screeners for a loop, too.

We'll be addressing these resume issues and gazillions more in a free teleseminar on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at seven p.m. Mountain time. The teleseminar will be presented by Glassdoor, a very cool company salary-and-culture research site.

Here are the details. Hope you can join us on September first! It will be fun.