Explaining the gaps on your resume

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Burning questions of our time.

Résumés don’t look like they did back in the day. From job hopping and career pivots to mass layoffs, most people will need to explain a gap (or two) in their career.

But is there a *right* way to explain those blank spaces? Should it be up front and in your cover letter, or should it only be addressed during an interview? Or should you scrub it completely and hope the hiring manager isn’t good at math? Give us your hot takes by replying to this email!—MW:

And now, your thoughts on: taking time off to do nothing.

“I have unlimited PTO, and I work remotely from home 90% of the time. I love seeing the world, so it would be hard to take PTO just to stay in town. But: I did take a staycation for two weeks between this job and my last one, and it was great to see something new without having to drive or fly.”—Chelsea

“I try to get personal, fun projects done during the week or during brief moments of motivation on the weekends. My PTO is almost exclusively reserved for vacations. Staycations absolutely feel like a waste to me. I’m not taking less than a week of PTO when the time comes. If I’m actively doing nothing on vacation, it’ll at least be on the beaches of southern Spain.”-Joshua

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