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SAHMs: How to Handle an Employment Gap in Job Applications
Employment gaps occur for a variety of reasons. For many women, balancing the demands of career and family can lead to employment gaps when caring for the kids took center stage. In recent years, more men have also begun taking breaks from work to stay at home with young children. While this is often a perfectly viable reason for a gap, explaining it effectively takes some strategy. One proactive measure you might consider is to briefly note the reason for your employment gap in your cover letter when you apply for the job.
Many of us take time off, for one reason or another, from working. Sometimes, it's by choice—maybe you were raising a child, traveling, taking care of a sick relative, or went back to school. In other cases, your time off from work may occur because you were laid off or fired and it took time to find a new job.