Job Search Question of the week: What is the best way to present yourself to an employer if you’ve been out of work for some time?
First do not apologize for it. If they have brought you in and are considering you as a candidate, they see something they like in your background. Keep the conversation positive and sell your abilities to help them meet and exceed their goals. You want to focus on how you have been using your time away from work effectively keeping current with the industry that you aim to work in. Identify skill enhancements, professional development and any volunteering opportunities that you may have been involved in. In this age of transparency, the interviewer will appreciate your candid response and a positive attitude about how you used your time will be well remembered.
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