How to return to work after a period of unemployment

While it’s important not to make your employment break the main focus of your job application, you should always be honest about your circumstances if asked.

However, this doesn’t mean that you have to give specific details about why you haven’t been in employment. For example, if you were off work because you were recovering from a serious illness, then there’s no need to give details about which illness you had or which treatment you received – unless you’re going to need additional help and support put in place at work.

Or if your long employment gap is because your job search has lasted a lot longer than you hoped for, then it’s okay to tell employers that you’ve been looking for work, but simply haven’t come across the right opportunity yet.

Try to keep your explanations as brief as possible – confidently let prospective employers know why you had a break from employment, but don’t over explain or give unnecessary details that could shift the focus away from your achievements.

It’s much better to be honest about your circumstances than to lie and be found lying, or to commit yourself to something that you may not be able to manage without support. Employers are human beings too and providing that you can confidently explain your situation and show them that you are the right person for the job, they should be understanding.

If you need some help with structuring your cover letter, you may find it useful to download our template that is specifically designed to help you explain CV gaps.

Author: wpadmin

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