Work gaps continue to be job seekers’ biggest worry.  It’s little wonder; we still carry a certain amount of stigma associated with a gap – never mind what it might do to the bank account.  I am continuously asked, “How do I lay out my resume to minimize the effect of a gap?”   Sure, you can do a few things, but really, I think most work gaps look worse to the owner than they do to everyone else.

I’d like to look at work gaps and also try to adjust your attitude.

What’s the problem with a work gap?

A gap may signify that we have a hidden issue that causes us to be undesirable to hire.  We all know the type of person who no one misses when they leave.  They may have a funky personality, are difficult to work with or have a host of other undesirable work traits.  It might be glaringly obvious to others, but not to ourselves.

A work gap could mean you’re just plain lazy.  Too lazy to get a job and therefore too lazy to consider for hire.

It could be hiding a deep dark secret, like being in jail; and no one wants that!