How to Reenter the Workforce After a Long Gap in Employment


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People temporarily exit the workforce for many reasons. Some leave for a number of years to stay at home and raise their kids, others have to care for older loved ones, some may have been dealing with their own sickness or injury.

Whatever your reason for taking a long gap in employment, workforce reentry can seem daunting. Some employers see long gaps on applicants’ resumes and it can make them nervous to take a chance on someone who hasn’t had recent experience. But with the right tools for explaining your employment gap, employers can be understanding and convinced. Avenica has tips for successfully relaunching your career.

How Do I Begin to Re-Enter the Workforce After a Long Absence?

Understand Your Situation

The first step to workforce reentry is to have a clear picture of where you are, and where you want to be as you reenter the workforce. What type of role are you looking for? Are your skills still apt or do they need to be refreshed? What do you want out of your first role back in the workforce?

Asking yourself these questions will help you get in the right job-searching mindset, and give you a thorough understanding of what exactly you’re looking for.

Update Your Resume

The next step in relaunching your career is updating your resume. Sure, you haven’t worked for a long period of time, but it’s still important to list out your previous work experiences accurately and thoroughly. Make sure the dates are all correct, and you’ve listed out the skills, projects, experiences and any other important details that you gleaned from your previous roles.

Then, address your gap with an accurate date range and give a title in that space like, “Caregiver,” “Stay at home parent,” “Student,” etc., to explain that gap. Where you would normally include your position details for positions held, you can simply say, “Will provide applicable details at time of interview” if you are comfortable.

An additional thing you could do is to address your gap in your “Objective” at the top of your resume. Including something like, “After X years away [caring for my two school-aged children/aging parents/continuing my education] I am excited to get back into the workforce and the [insert industry].”


Now that you know the types of jobs you’re looking for, it’s time to apply! Depending on when you last hunted for jobs, things may seem different during the application process than they had last time. Some job sites have one-click application submissions, while others require a lot more information than just your resume.

Whatever application process you’re faced with, make sure to emphasize your experiences and skills, and how they can cater to the position you’re applying for.

How Do You Explain a Long Gap in Employment?

During your application process for specific positions, you may have seen options to include cover letters. Though this requires more work and time when you’re applying, it’s a good place to mention the gap in your employment. If you’re a parent who took time to raise your kids, say it.

If your situation is more complicated, wait until your interview. Explaining your employment gap face-to-face allows for a more natural conversation which can be helpful to both you as the applicant and the interviewer.

Most importantly, be honest! Employers understand that life happens. The things they care about most are whether you have the skills for the job, and if you’re willing to jump back in and hit the ground running.

Choose Avenica to Help With Your Entry-Level Workforce Reentry

Career matchmakers at Avenica can assist you throughout the application, interview and hiring processes after your long gap in employment. We work with a large variety of employers in different industries and can help you decide which is right for you. Contact us today or join our network to begin relaunching your career at the entry level!

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