Ileft my job as personnel manager in London to relocate to another part of thecountry, to be nearer my friends and family, and buy a property (I could notafford what I wanted in London). I found it difficult to get a job in the Northwhile working in London, so I resigned, knowing I had a three-month noticeperiod and hoping to find something before I left. It has taken longer than Ithought to get work and I am concerned that a gap on my CV will be a problem.Will the fact I left a job without one to go to and have not been working for acouple of months go against me? I am looking for locum work to fill the gap.PeterLewis, consultant, Chiumento Havinga break is fine, as long as you have a justifiable reason. Relocating to adifferent area having gained London experience is a valid reason reflecting, nodoubt, a carefully thought out career strategy. Whenputting over your case, stress the determination you have brought to fulfillingthis career decision. By implication, you will bring the same qualities –decisiveness and determination – to your new role.Ashort gap should not be hard to explain and it should not count against you, inthe light of your reasons for leaving your old job. Whatwill become important is how you use this time, particularly the thoroughnessof your job search and the opportunity to upgrade your skills. Show that yourjob-hunting has been conducted with professionalism. It sounds as if you areconcentrating on the advertised jobs market, which covers half or less of theopportunities around. Use your connections to find out about employers and sendthem speculative applications.Inthe meantime, getting a locum, consultancy or interim assignment could be agood way of gaining experience and contacts in your area. It will also help tofill any potential gaps in your CV.JoSelby, associate director, EJ Human ResourcesResigningin order to find new employment is not uncommon, and is something prospectiveemployers are familiar with. It is unfortunate that your leaving your previousemployers coincided with the economic slowdown and hence it has taken youlonger than anticipated to secure a new position. Whileit is not ideal to have a gap on your CV, so long as you have a good reason,which you have, the fact you are not working and so immediately available canbe attractive to prospective employers. Havingsaid that, I recommend you continue looking for locum or contract work, and youmight want to widen your net beyond agencies in your search for new employment.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible LearningIthink in London the reality of difficulties in the job market elsewhere areoften not so apparent to us. Think about how you can fill the gap with positivethings to offer a future employer. This could include locum work, charitablework or training and developing new skills. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Will a career gap go against me?On 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.