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How to fill employment gaps

If you have been laid off, or if you have recently graduated but not found work yet you might be spending most of your time job searching. However, searching for a job is not enough to impress on a CV or job application. You are normally asked to account for any employment gaps you may have. This guide will suggest some solutions.

Work part time

Finding a part time job while you are looking for full time work will plug any employment gaps on your CV. On a practical note, your part time job will help to pay your bills and keep your head above water while you are looking for something more permanent. Bars, restaurants, shops and cafes are good sources of part time work. You may also pick up some good transferable skills that you can apply to your future career - for example, customer service skills or cash handling skills.

Enrol in a course

You shouldn't feel pressurised into taking a course that you feel may not be for you just because you are unemployed. This can be a huge waste of time, money and effort. However, a short course can be a good way to fill employment gaps and add value to a CV. Check out Saturday, evening and weekend courses for some casual or short term options.

Volunteer

Charity shops and other charitable institutions are constantly on the lookout for volunteers who can lend their time. Volunteering not only looks good on a CV but can be a great way of picking up new skills and making useful contacts.

Intern

Write to a number of companies in your area to ask if you could intern with them. Enclose your CV and treat the letter like you would a job application. Interning will allow you to build the skills during employment gaps and experience you need to get the job you want.

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