When reviewing resumes, hiring managers and recruiters always consider a candidate’s longevity and consistency. Longevity refers to how long a candidate stays in a given position; job hopping is often a red flag for potential employers. Consistency refers to how regularly a candidate is employed; long gaps in employment history can cause hiring managers to hesitate. Sometimes, though, even top-notch candidates find themselves out of work. If you’re currently in between jobs, consider the following ways you might bridge the employment gap:
Volunteer. Volunteer work is an excellent option for candidates who are in an extended job search. Not only can it help you get out of the house and provide opportunities to network with new people, it can also help you gain new skills and experiences. Volunteer positions that are related to your field of choice are ideal, but any type of volunteer work is worthwhile and can be added to your resume.
Temporary work. If you’re looking for a long-term position, you might be hesitant to accept a temporary opportunity. However, temporary work is a great way to bridge gaps in between permanent jobs. Furthermore, temp work can provide you with a foot in the door at a company you’ve been hoping to interview with. Additionally, temporary jobs sometimes turn into long-term opportunities. Many companies are using the temp to hire model to recruit for their teams.
Take some classes. Have you been wanting to go back to school to finish a degree or earn a certification? Now’s the time to do it. Using the time that you’re out of work to engage in continuing education shows future hiring managers that you proactively took steps to better yourself and gain new skills while between jobs.
Gaps in employment history don’t have to be a strike against you when looking for work as long as you use your time between jobs strategically. To learn about the temporary opportunities we have available in the Akron, Canton and Cleveland areas, contact us today.