By Susan Ireland
Chin Lee (not her real name) is a human resources specialist who has an employment gap in her resume. See if you can figure out where it is - Sample Resume with Employment Gap (a new window or tab will open for all sample resume links).
This chronological resume is an excellent example of how to use volunteer work to disguise current unemployment on a resume.
Lee Chin left her last job, the human resources specialist position, to have foot surgery. The surgery required several months of doing nothing but recovering from her operation.
After her rehabilitation she eased her way back into the workforce by volunteering a few hours a day at her local hospital. Not only did her volunteerism keep her administrative skills sharp, it also gave her something to put on her resume as a current "job title."
Notice that by listing years only (no months), the time immediately after her surgery when she was not employed or volunteering goes unnoticed. The spotlight is on her productive work at the hospital, and most likely her foot surgery and subsequent recovery time will not even come up in her job interviews.
In fact, if she applies for a human resources job in the healthcare field, her volunteer work at the hospital will be even more valued.
If you have a span of unemployment on your resume, read How to Disguise Gaps in Your Work History on SusanIreland.com. Also see Managing Resume Red Flags article here on Job-Hunt. And Susan's short video below will provide additional useful information.
Susan Ireland is the author of four job search books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume. For more information about writing your resume, read Susan's books or visit Susan's website SusanIreland.com.