Should I address my layoff or firing on my resume, and if so, how?


Answered by: ByVirtualist career experts

Employment gaps are not necessarily a deal-breaker, but when left unexplained, employers have no way of knowing the circumstances and may assume the worst. We recommend adding a new entry in your professional experience section, “Career Break.”

By addressing the gap directly on your resume, you’re helping both the applicant tracking systems and people reading your resume to understand why you have a gap. To do this, you’d add your career break just like any other job, with the job title as Career Break, Planned Career Break, or Professionally Active Career Break, and the dates it occurred.

We’ve created a downloadable PDF with sample Career Break sections for your resume so you can see what this might look like in practice.