Dear J.T. & Dale: I am an IT professional with more than 20 years’ experience. I took acareer break in 2005 to care for my mother and eventually wind up her estate.

In all, that lasted 30 months. I then returned to look for work in 2008, just when the job market hit rock bottom. Since then I have been unable to find work. I would like your advice on how best to word this in my resume. -Tony

DALE: Well, Tony, I hate to say it, but we need to face facts: There is no best way. No unsolicitedresume showing you’ve been out of the work force since 2005 is going to make it into the “To Be Interviewed” stack.