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Poorvi it really infuriates me that you should justify an employment gap. There are a million and one reasons why a gap might exist. My suggestion is to be honest and if they do not like it then it is a recruiter/company you definitely do not want to work with/for.
It is really sad that recruiters and employers concern too much about employment gaps. Everyone has some phases where they have to take a break from employment. It just shows you are a regular human and if they cannot look past that gap, then they are not the ones you would want to associate with. After all, employment relationship is a long-term relationship.
So long as there was a legitimate reason for the gap, never be worried about answering questions about it. If a recruiter will use that as a reason to not forward your resume, they were probably looking for an excuse to disqualify you in any situation. As the saying goes "fish where the fish are biting".
As longevity at a company decreases, employment gaps increase. I suggest that you do not spend much time worrying about justifying an employment gap; it is a reality. It is far more important that one parts ways with the previous employer on good terms than why one left. There will be countless other recruitees who have their own employment gaps; you are not unique in this regard.
Honestly, with the exception of ONE recruiter recently no one had any issues with me being out of work since January as I pointed out that I got laid off and my interviews lined up in March got cancelled due to COVID. Even now, when I say I've been doing my PDUs for my PMP renewal and got another certification - most understand.
This is an unprecendented time. I think as long as you move forward and show you're using the time to gain skills you're fine.
What would you consider legitimate reasons for having a gap in your resume? I cannot think of any reason why a gap would not be legitimate, strange maybe?
If someone decided they just wanted to take an extended break without a really good rationale for doing so (e.g. health reasons, personal development).
I'm pretty comfortable asserting this is likely a very, very small number of cases but am enough of a scientist to believe it is still possible :-)
Everyone has the right to turn to freelancing and contracting and stop being employed steadily. Well may be forever.
As far as I know, no law of any country make it obligation for citizen to work as employee all their lifespan without gaps.
So freelancing and contracting may be the answer.
Certainly freelancing or contracting is a good option, as mentioned, to fill the gap. And, taking courses or certifications is another alternative, as also mentioned. Having a valuable reason for a gap (like family, time to train to transition to a new field, personal development in your current field, running your own company, contracting) shows the recruiter or potential employer that you are taking an initiative to develop your skills. And, they will certainly understand your commitment to take time off to attend to family matters.
Telling the truth is my recommended course of action. If the recruiter or hiring organization has prejudices about the reasons behind the gaps, it is likely not a good place to be anyhow.
Someone should be hired based on whether it is a good fit for the position or not.
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