How do I tell potential employers that I quit my last job due to health-related pandemic concerns?


Answered by: ByVirtualist career experts

This was an unfortunate reality faced by many professionals during the pandemic. Whether you had to leave your job due to personal health circumstances, being immunocompromised, living with someone who is, or other health-related reasons, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Employers are generally understanding of resume gaps caused by the unique circumstances of the pandemic.

It’s important to remember that there is no obligation to disclose your personal health details. Instead, you can explain the gap as a caregiving experience, whether it was for yourself or others.

Here is an example of how to incorporate this information into your resume (you can expand on these to form complete sentences if writing a cover letter or preparing for an interview):

“Conducted a comprehensive evaluation of caregiving options and personal safety considerations during the pandemic, leading to a deliberate decision to prioritize full-time caregiving; Enthusiastic and motivated to reenter the workforce.”

One exception to this advice is if the company requires proof of vaccination or a medical exemption as part of their onboarding process. In such cases, you will need to provide the necessary information.

ByVirtualist’s career coaching team is available to assist you in formulating and practicing your discussion of this topic and other challenging subjects. Whether you prefer a one-on-one career coaching session or a mock job interview, we are here to support you.