How Are Career Breaks Looked At By Employers

In my previous role as a career coach, I recommended and forwarded the RESUME of a skilled lady who had taken a 7 year career break to a company who I thought she would bring great value to. The interview took place and the feedback I got from them was very disappointing:

“She seems great and qualified, but 7 years is a long time, and we can’t take that risk”.

I don’t understand! Shouldn’t a GAP in employment be expected at some point in one’s career? She was an excellent candidate who kept her skills up to date. It’s unfortunate that all they could see was the gap in her work history.

She had taken that break to be a stay-at-home mom and care for her 3 children. Her resume had amazing transferable skills that were relevant to the position.

A gap in employment history should not discount someone’s abilities and values. All that should matter is if the candidate has the right skills and aptitude to do the job.