Job seekers concerned about resume gaps can volunteer, pursue certifications, or take free online courses

Posted December 17, 2020 by

By Ciara Van De Velde, Client Engagement Manager at Employment BOOST

Although seeking for a new opportunity can be time-consuming, it is important that job seekers remain busy while out of work. 

Job seekers concerned with gaps on their resume can seek out volunteer opportunities, pursue certifications, or participate in free online courses via LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Harvard University, or Udemy. While fewer jobs may be available during the pandemic and end of the year, it is essential that individuals continue refining their skills and abilities through online training programs or certifications. Any completed courses can be included within the resume to show your interest in continuous learning opportunities.

It can be expected that most employers will ask candidates to address any gaps in their resume, therefore, engaging in online learning or volunteer opportunities will allow candidates to answer the questions with ease. 

Ciara Van De Velde, Client Engagement Manager at Employment BOOST, leverages industry knowledge and career service expertise to efficiently coach clients on career planning, job search strategies, and interview preparation tactics. Ciara possesses a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, and is a SHRM-certified Professional and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).

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