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How Did You Show A Career Sabbatical on Your Resume?

  • 1.  How Did You Show A Career Sabbatical on Your Resume?

    Posted 03-02-2020 13:36
    One of the things that can be challenging to show on a resume are career breaks or sabbaticals. There can be many reasons for a break. Maybe you couldn't find a job in a down economy, maybe you served in the forces, maybe you chose to take a "gap" year to travel, or maybe you took a sabbatical for personal reasons.

    A lot of the resume advice out there tells you to use to a "functional" resume for career sabbaticals.....but from what I've experienced, engineers really hate functional resumes (and so do a lot of recruiters). I've heard some say that as soon as they see one, they believe that you are trying to hide something, which isn't going to get you a call back for an interview.

    So, I am starting this thread to ask those who have taken a career break....how did you show it on your resume? And, how much a factor do you think your resume actually played (as compared to networking, for example), in getting your first position after your break?


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    Stephanie Slocum P.E., M.ASCE
    Founder
    Engineers Rising LLC
    www.engineersrising.com
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  • 2.  RE: How Did You Show A Career Sabbatical on Your Resume?

    Posted 03-03-2020 10:43
    I suggest being honest and list why you were out. For example, one of my employees listed "Stay at Home Mom" on her resume. Another listed " Home Schooling". I had a boss who took a couple of years off when she had her children. There isn't so much of a stigma attached to this anymore.

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    Roxanne Cook P.E., M.ASCE
    Division Manager
    Austin TX
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