People take extended leaves from work for all kinds of reasons, and it's much more accepted now than it may have been in the past. Unfortunately, it’s still something many hiring managers don’t like to see on a resume, so it’s important to know how to explain any employment gaps on yours. Build confidence with these tips.
Prepare in advance for how you’ll answer the inevitable questions. Think about how you’ll account for an extended leave, and practice telling the story. A short, clear, and well-rehearsed explanation can address a hiring manager’s concern while also making you more relatable and nuanced as a candidate. Focus on the skills you continued to use while out of the workforce and how you'll apply them in your new job. Remember that volunteering and other activities can provide relevant context and experience as well.