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Doesn't life happen? "Life Happening" may be questionable for some employers.



How many times have you ever seen a resume with an employment gap? Maybe there is a month, two…even a few years possibly. Does this mean that the candidate is a bad hire? Does it mean they are irresponsible? Not necessarily. One employer decided to ask a potential candidate about a 17-day gap in her employment. Yes, you heard correctly. A 17-day gap. Uh - someone being unemployed for 17 days has nothing, and I mean nothing to do with their ability to do a job. Has this employer ever heard of things such as mental health breaks, taking care of family members who are ill, heck…even taking a mini break before starting the next job? If someone takes time off between jobs (key words: “between jobs”), then MOST likely, they are able to actually work. And it is not the employer’s business to know how they manage their life in between gigs, unless they were incarcerated for some felonious reason, and they want to give them a second chance. If that is not the case, then just ask the question and move on. As hard as it is to believe that an employer would question a 17-day gap, here is the article for your reading pleasure.



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