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Depending on the industry, gaps in work history can be normal, even seasonal. The length of the absence in employment will determine how to best talk about it during an interview. Let’s break it down.

Boost Your Resume

Take advantage of any time off to grow as a professional. Whether you take classes, do volunteer work or become part of a professional networking group, you will gain experience from every opportunity, and they can be listed on your resume. Plus, if it’s unplanned time off, you may find a real job possibility from these “extracurricular” activities.

Short Gaps in Employment

If you have short gaps in your career path, or seasonal breaks, you can list the years of each job on your resume, instead of specific starting and ending dates. Highlight your strengths and responsibilities to draw attention to your experience rather than the length of time at each job.

If you have a job that has regular breaks or seasonal low times, plan ahead to get involved in opportunities to grow in your trade or enhance your skill set. This will not only make you a better worker, it will make for positive conversation points during your interview.

Long Gaps in Employment

Unfortunately, there can be times when you may have a long gap in employment. Especially in these lapses, it’s important for you to stay with the times, and prove you’re not out of touch.

If you left the workforce for a reason like raising your family, caring for a loved one, recovering from an injury or continuing your education full-time, talk about that with confidence. Don’t be apologetic about your decision; instead, showcase how that decision makes you a strong and capable candidate for the job.

Keep it Positive

No matter what the reasons for your employment gaps, it’s beneficial for you to stay positive during your interview if they are a part of the conversation. Never talk badly about a previous employer, and recognize how you’ve grown during those gaps to become a better professional. If you feel you might need practice before talking about this during an interview, then definitely do so!

Employment Guidance and Resume Tips

If you are looking for more employment opportunities, or a different career path, contact MS-IL Staffing & Packing. We’ve helped many professionals find a path that works for them. If you want help making your resume stand out to hiring managers, we can help you there, too.

Almost every business or hiring manager has faced the dilemma of having several open positions at their company and needed help filling these positions with quality candidates. This can be extremely frustrating and costly to the company if open positions are slowing productivity. Thankfully, a staffing agency can be a helpful partner to solve this problem.

4 Ways a Staffing Agency Can Help Fill Open Positions

A recruitment agency can be an effective partner in employment solutions – whether you have to fill one position or 20 (or more). Here are four reasons you should ask your local staffing agency for help filling your open positions.

  • They are experts. Staffing agencies are dedicated to being experts in job trends, specific industries and recruitment practices. They stay ahead of trends, and a local agency is focused on your market – not an area of the country that doesn’t apply to you! They will know how to find qualified talent within a reasonable radius of your company.
  • They have a large network. Whether you are looking for temporary workers, full-time positions or seasonal employees, a local staffing agency has a network that can supply quality talent for your needs. Because this is their business, and not a department at a company, they spend their days building a network of professionals they are confident to recommend. Even if you have several open positions, they will be able to help you find workers for each position.
  • They help in all areas of hiring. From recruitment, to background checks, to payroll and/or benefits administration, they are there to help you. This will help you find the right job candidates quickly, so you can move on to your other work.
  • They will help minimize hiring chaos. One of the biggest risks when hiring in high volume is the sheer amount of paperwork to organize. A recruiting agency will keep everything organized, so you can focus on your other responsibilities and your days don’t spiral into chaos during a busy hiring season.

Start a Partnership & Never Look Back

If you are ready to have extra help during high-volume employment needs, contact MS-IL Staffing & Packaging. They’ll find qualified professionals to help your company fill any number of open positions.

Your online presence, or what you share on social platforms, matters. For many job seekers, they’ve been creating and sharing social content for at least a decade. However, maybe they’ve only been crafting resumes and cover letters for a few years, so there’s some disproportion when it comes to a professional reputation. While resumes and cover letters are definitely important material for hiring managers, so is your online presence since most will do a quick search of your name online.

How to Assess & Clean Up Your Online Presence

Don’t worry. While you may not be able to go back and redo some decisions in your college years, you can change what to publicize to the public, including your prospective employers. Here’s a simple guide for how to assess and clean up your online presence.

Do a Search for Yourself

Before you go through your social media profiles, do a search so you can see how much work you have to do. Be sure you see what a connection sees in addition to what a person who you are not connected with is able to view. Don’t assume that a hiring manager will not be a connection. If they request a connection on LinkedIn, you will want to accept it, so you’ll have to consider what content you want to share with your connections as well.

Content to Clean Up

Now that you’ve made notes about some things you want to clean up with your social accounts, plan to address these issues:

  • No bad-mouthing co-workers or employers, past or present.
  • No pictures or posts that clearly illustrate irresponsible behavior.
  • No dirty laundry rants or “TMI” posts.
  • No fanatical political content.

While these may seem like strict rules to follow, when you are looking for a job, it’s more important to be mature and professional than to express every emotion or thought that occurs during your day. A company will consider your professional experience first, but they also want to hire a person who fits within their culture.

Content to Enhance Your Talents

After all of the rules, you shouldn’t feel as though you can’t express anything. In fact, you can do a lot on your social platforms that can aid in your job search:

  • Create a personal website or blog to showcase your talent, knowledge or perspective.
  • Make all your social profile pictures the same for easy identification.
  • Add details of volunteer work, charity interests, hobbies, certifications or licenses, etc.

There are several ways to express yourself in a professional and mature way that will allow employers to see your qualifications and your personality without getting distracted by some irrelevant posts from the past.

Get Noticed for the Job You Want

Find the jobs you want and get help with your resume or other career questions by contacting MS-IL Staffing and Packaging.