Gaps in employment are more common than you think, especially in this tough economy where many people have been laid off for months or even years. However, you might run into an employer that is not thrilled about seeing gaps in your job history, so if your gaps are huge, you could consider listing your dates of employment as years only, rather than months and years.
Another suggestion would be to list any temporary jobs or volunteer opportunities that could fill in the blanks. You could also consider the functional resume; however, note that many managers know that these resumes are used to cover gaps and could feel reluctant to call you in for an interview as a result.
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That is what I am dealing with now. I started applying for positions with companies about 12 months ago, and so far I have not had much luck. No calls, no offers, nothing! I have been home with toddler since 2009, and now that I want to return to work it’s been really difficult.