Explaining a Career Break on your CV.
People take career breaks for a number of reasons, but many people are afraid of how this gap may appear to potential employers. The best thing to do is to explain in your covering letter that you have had a career break and be honest about the reasons; perhaps you have had a child, or a period of illness. Honesty is the best policy, and adds that you are keen to get back into the job market as soon as possible. I have illustrated below an example of how you can show a career gap in your CV.
Career Break CV Example
Your name -tel number
1 Job Hunter Way, Employmentville, UK. EM1 5LO Your email address here
I am a time served and enthusiastic cleaner. I pride myself in keeping spaces and places clean and tidy. I know many various methods of removing unsightly things such as stains, graffiti and sticky things. I am well trained and follow all the relevant health and safety rules.
Sensible and practical.
Approachable and Friendly.
Focused and attentive.
Health and Safety certificate.
January 2019 – Present
Cleaner, Hissan Car Plant, London
Working in this large manufacturing environment it was my job to ensure that the factory was kept clean and tidy. I had responsibility for ensuring the manufacturing floor was kept free of debris and hazards, as well as ensuring that the canteen and rest areas were kept clean and hygienic.
January 2015- January 2017
During 2008-2010 I had to take a career break in order to care for my mother whom was very unwell. Sadly she passed in January 2010.
In 2008 I gave birth to my first child and so took a two year break in order to raise my child during his formative years.
January 2012 – January 2015
Cleaner, Auto Offices, London
Working for this large offices company as a cleaner it was my duty to ensure that the office spaces were clean and tidy at all times. This meant an entire vacuuming of each floor on a night, ensuring that all cups and cutlery etc. was washed and stored correctly, and attending to staff members desks where they were overly mucky and giving the workstation and keyboards etc. a thorough cleaning. I also was responsible for cleaning up after office parties and conferences which I did not mind.
Education GCSE 10xA Grades including English, Maths and Science.
Londonberry Comprehensive School
References References are available on request, or in writing to the above previous employers.