Daily Employer Tip: Candidate Employment Gaps

December 23rd, 2010 | Hiring Resources | No Comments »

Do employment gaps mean couch-potato candidates? Not necessarily. It’s important to be wary of employment gaps on resumes, since it’s easy for candidates to lose their technical skills over time. But if everything else looks good, don’t make assumptions. The candidate may have filled that time with classes, volunteer work, side projects, freelancing work or more that they were unsure about including on their resume. If an employment gap is the only reason holding you back from acting upon a resume, don’t immediately dismiss it. Schedule a phone or face-to-face interview, and ask the candidate for an explanation of the gap before you come to a conclusion. You might be surprised.

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