It depends upon whether times are good or times are bad . . . And more. Let me explain.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a coach who helps people in a variety of
different ways related to the workplace-- job search, hiring more effectively,
managing and leading, executive coaching, career development. Like I said, a lot of
different things related to the workplace. Excuse this for being a
little dark. The Sun has not made it up over the mountain yet
and thus I project a little darker. I've got a busy day and I want to make sure I
get a video for you. Do hiring managers view large gaps in a background as a
negative? Now the key missing phrase is
do they view it as a negative and it's unexplained because if you explain it
and the reasons are palatable, there's no issue.
For example, there's someone I coach with an ill wife and she was
on her way out, came back to recover but her
husband was her for six months. Had to get back into the swing of things
himself and build up his network. He was devoted to his wife. If you don't tell
that to people, they don't know. They just looked at his six-month gap, you traveled,
okay, you've been working for 30 years you decided this is going to be the one
opportunity of a lifetime to do some major travel. You put it in your resume.
It is explained. Thus, people have a different perspective on it. You see, in good
economic times, people don't understand gaps. In bad economic times, they just
want to know that you weren't fired for cause and that you were off as
part of thousands of people being laid off. You know what I mean. So from a
manager's perspective, they don't want to take a risk. They don't want to hire
someone else's headache. They make the assumption that when they see a large
gap in a background, they wonder whether or not you've been turned down by ten or
fifteen other places already. When I was a beginner, like my second week in
recruiting back in the Stone Ages, I interviewed
a guy with a great background. I brought him in and I asked him, "So, where
have you been on interviews so far?" In the last two months he'd been on 19
interviews and gotten turned down everywhere. Wasn't so good, was he? So you
come in, look at from the manager's perspective. There's a message in a gap
that they figure out for themselves unless you tell them what the
reason is.. I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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