Employment gaps are in most cases not a deliberate addition to one’s career; thus, if you do have such an experience in life, it’s just fine. Don’t feel bad about mentioning it on your resume and get apprehensive about how a prospective recruiter will react to it. They too are humans such as you, and though they may be in a more powerful position in comparison to you; they understand perfectly well that this is a common occurrence in one’s professional life.
You must have worn different styles of clothing, does each one suit you most aptly? No, isn’t it? While some dresses suit you naturally, there are a few which suit you when you carry them well. It’s the same trick you have to play with your work history. While some of the experiences may help you shine bright, some others may not, but you must learn how to own them and despite the glitch bring out the best in you. So, then your first step in combating the blues of having a gap in your employment history is to make the situation your own. Be honest to yourself and to others who would know of the occurrence in your life. Remember it is not a crime, and therefore there is no need to hide it. Honesty was, is and will always be the best policy in every endeavour you undertake in life. Being truthful helps keep your conscience clean and thereby exert less mental pressure; this, as a consequence aids you speak with confidence at an interview because you know you have nothing to conceal.
The thought of having to give an explanation if you are caught lying, adds on to the nervousness that is already present as you have to attend an interview. Hence, keeping your mind at peace with regard to your employment gaps is in your own hands.
Networking and staying in touch with your former as well as prospective employees and colleagues gives you the sense of association, keeping the negative feeling of being solitary at bay. A go-to lesson for all individuals is negativity makes the difficult-unbearable, so it is best kept away. When you are in touch with others either of your profession or any similar grounds you avoid the sensation of worthlessness and when you express your views or opinions, you come across as a persevering person. This works in favour representing you as a dedicated person who, despite the temporary void in your career, has not lost touch with work entirely.
To make yourself feel satisfied that you are doing at least something in life, you could volunteer help at various places such as schools, NGOs, and community help. It keeps you occupied and even before you realize, help you acquire certain soft skills. These you could proudly add to your resume to exhibit that even the employment gaps have been a learning experience for you that will help you in delivering in a better way in whichever company you associate with, in the near future.
Finally, know that discipline is the best motivator in life – thus when you are actually going through an employment gap, don’t let it be wasted by whiling away your time. Make every minute of that tenure count; bring about and maintain a properly disciplined schedule, where you dedicate for everything, including your profession. Your mind is settled best when you things around in order and in their proper places, and this you can bring about only with the help of discipline. So, make disciple your best friend during your employment gap and design a daily routine that will keep you motivated at all times; so that the level of confidence remains undaunted.