/ Asked by Tanya
I graduated in January and still haven’t been able to find a job. How do I explain this period of time without employment on my resume?
Answered by Ellee, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Friday, March 10, 2017
Hello, congratulations on your recent graduation! Searching for a job after graduation in January can be challenging since a lot of companies focus on recruiting for entry level positions during the fall semester. When employers review your applications and resume, they will make the connection that you graduated in January and are focusing your time on searching for a job. During an interview, you can talk about what led you to graduating in January; if you graduated early, accepted a semester long internship, or needed additional credits. During the period you are searching for a job, it may be beneficial to accept a part-time job or volunteer to stay involved and continue to build your resume. Best of luck on your job search!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Congratulations on your graduation! Job searching after college can be difficult so I don't think you're alone in having a gap in employment. Most employers will understand this and will not see this as a red flag. It is important to keep yourself busy while job searching though. Find a part-time job or volunteer with a local organization to keep yourself active and build your resume. If an employer asks, be honest with them and explain that you've been job searching but have been doing volunteer work or holding a part-time job to keep yourself busy. Employers will understand this as it is not uncommon for recent graduates to be in a similar situation.
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, June 12, 2017
Simply put, if asked, you explain it exactly as it is – I graduated in January and have been spending my time searching for a position that will be the right fit. What you DON’T want to do is make an excuse or attempt to create a story to explain yourself. Remember, the person you are likely speaking to, a hiring manager, recruiter, etc., has also gone through a job search and knows the process and should understand once you fill them in. Not every student receives an offer straight out of school, and that’s okay. What I would lean on in this type of conversation is explaining what you have done during this time instead. Be prepared to talk about your efforts in searching for a position and any other efforts to support yourself or grow personally and professionally in the meantime. Honesty is always the best policy!
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