/ Asked by raghu
Hello, I took a gap year after earning my bachelors and starting my masters. I'm now preparing my CV and I'm worried about that gap. What will an employer think if leave the gap?. Will this hurt my chances? What are your thoughts? Thank you.
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Great question! Sometimes we have gaps in our employment for certain reasons. The only way I can see leaviing a gap on a resume doesn't look appealing is if there is no explanation about this when asked. Recruiters and hiring managers will be asking you this question since it was a full  year. I would make sure you have slated out how you are going to address that question during the interview so you can prepare accordingly.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Where did life take you during your year off? What did you learn?  Who did you meet? What did it teach you about your future?  How did the time off impact your perspective?  You get to shape the narrative about that time off, so be prepared.  You can talk about it in your cover letter, you can discuss it, as appropriate, in your initial screening conversations and you will certainly be asked about it in an interview. 

There are so many facets of you as a candidate.  Shine a light on the things that make you unique and the best possible candidate for the position.  You can do this! Best of luck in your job search!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, October 8, 2015
Many people take the same gap that you did. The gap allows people to reboot and start their masters refreshed and ready to learn. You should reflect on what you did during that gap, whether it be travel, working part time or enjoying life. Once you come compiled a list, you should try adding a paragraph to your CV on how that made you a better student during your masters program and later on why it will make you a valued employee. If you have good reasoning and thought process behind your gap year it should not hurt your chances again other candidates. Good luck!
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