How to present a CV after a length of Unemployment.
Many people have found themselves unemployed for a lengthy period of time. Perhaps you have been sick or disabled for many years, or perhaps you had a lengthy career break In order to raise a family? It can be off putting to employers to see a patchy CV, or a CV with long gaps of unemployment or many short term jobs listed. The best way to counter this issue is with a good explanation in your covering letter, and by ensuring that gaps of more than a few months are explained on your CV. I have shown as an example below of how unemployment spells can be explained.
Long Term Unemployed CV Example Template
Your name -tel number
1 Job Hunter Way, Employmentville, UK. EM1 5LO
Your email address here
I am a time served and enthusiastic Sports Coach. I love sport and exercise and I am capable of training and educating anyone from toddler to pensioner. I can advise on a healthy diet as well as a training program, and I am capable of managing sports teams, or providing one on one training for fitness or weight loss. I live to encourage.
Sensible and practical.
Approachable and Friendly.
Focused and attentive.
Health and Safety certificate.
Health and Nutrition certificate.
Work History January 2017 – Present
Sports Coach, Venus Health Spa, London
Working as a Sports Coach in this fabulous health spa it was my job to encourage and motivate guests to participate in sports. I would meet with each guest at check in and see what goals and aims they had, whether it is fitness or weight loss, and then suggest a regime of sports and exercise to complete during their stay. I would then guide them through each activity, and motivate them to keep it up after leaving!
January 2010- January 2016
Unfortunately I had a car accident in 1990 which caused me many physical and mental issues, leaving me unable to work. I went through a period of rest and rehabilitation, whilst keeping myself up to date with education.
In 1990 I went through a complicated divorce and decided it was best for my children to take a break from my career.
January 2007 – January 2010
Sports Coach, Big School, London
Working for this inner city school as a sports coach it was my duty to try and engage children in sport. I would have to try and get them to understand the benefits of exercise, and work as teams to achieve goals. I ran after school leagues to encourage healthy competition.
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.