Explaining Gaps in a Resume

November 18th, 2009

One of the hardest obstacles many a job seeker encounters is how to explain gaps, (a period of time without relevant experience) on a resume.  For the newbie (recent college graduate) the gap may be absence from school and not the workplace.  For the career changer it may be due to any of a number of reasons.  The best way to get around the gap is to not avoid it but address it head on.

If you left the work place to focus on family, raise a family or care of an ill family member, it is alright to say that.  A more creative way to address it is to quantify that experience into work place transferable skills.  Capitalize on any volunteer positions you had during that time.  Use any classes or workshops you may have attended and the skills you learned or kept current by doing so.

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A Special Thank You

November 6th, 2009

I am stepping away from discussing the benefits of internships this week to say thank you.  This past weekend we were notified that the Internship Academy was awarded the Amber Grant from the Womens Net.  This award will allow us to continue relevant programs and find new and creative ways to better serve our student, career changer, and corporate clients.  We are so appreciative of the recognition of the educational and career building emphasis of the Internship Academy.  Keep watching for our new ideas or better yet, share what you would like to see from us, with us!

To learn more about Womens Net go to their website

What Do You Think?

October 30th, 2009

I have spent a lot of time the past couple of weeks looking for trends in the job market and where the new hot bed of employment is.  What I have found is a lot of information but no definitive answers.  The exception is in social media jobs.  I have come across the “virtual internship”, where interns stay in their own environment and work on social media marketing and blogging.  I have seen a number of new jobs posted for social media marketing and or management.

My interest is piqued, is anybody interested in these jobs and can you make a living at them?  I would love to get your feedback.  I would really like to know what the experience has been for someone who is employed in this field or is currently in an internship or has just completed one.

The Rise of the Free Agent Talent Pool

October 23rd, 2009

This topic is co-authored with guest author, Martin Rosenau, owner of CrossFire Group LLC, a professional staffing and  recruiting firm.

Today’s workforce has a limited sense of loyalty toward employers, and many employees lack confidence in their current employment situation. Generations X and Y have been programmed to change jobs, and possibly careers, at least five times during their lifetime. Beginning in the mid-80s, the U.S. has steadily shifted from an employer-centric to an employee-centric culture. This culture is supported by the tax structure where we now have 401(k) plans and self-directed IRAs making our retirement accounts portable. Plus, with the recent debate around health care, there is a move to separate health plans from the employer, making them more portable as well, and further emphasizing this “free agent” culture. Companies are now faced with re-inventing their offering to potential employees beyond retirement and health benefits.

For the “Silent Generation” and “Baby … Read More