Mental illness may have limited your ability to
work consistently in field of your career. Potential employers might
view gaps in your work history as a limitation
for your future.
It is possible to prepare and present yourself
in a way that emphasizes the skills and
experience that you have attained in your career.
Your resume must be creative
A chronological resume can call attention to
such issues as gaps in work history or limited
work experience. Consider using creative methods
to downplay gaps in your experience and work
history. Your resume should emphasize the skills
and attributes you have to offer the employer to
meet the business needs:
- a functional resume that highlights the skills rather than the
work experience of the individual your career history
- using only years, not months, for work
dates in your resume
- not distinguishing between paid
and unpaid work in your resume
- a positive summary of the
activities you undertook or skills you
developed when you were not working
Remember, the purpose of a resume is to be a
marketing tool. It should not tell a person?s
life story. Think of a resume as an
advertisement for a person intended to get the
employer?s attention. Its purpose is to get the
employer interested and wanting to meet you for
an interview. Emphasise the present, not the
Reasonable Explanation in Resume
Develop a reasonable explanation for
gaps in your employment history that you can
discuss in the interview, or in your application
letter. This must not be misleading. The
employer does not have a right to your complete
life history, only to information that is
relevant to your ability to perform the job.
Some of these explanations might be true for
- I had some health problems that are now
taken care of.
- There was an illness in the family.
- I was taking care of my children or a
- I was doing volunteer work with a community organization.
- I had the opportunity to pursue some non-work interests.
- I took a few years off to travel.
There is no reason to provide detail.
Giving too much information could even make the
employer uncomfortable. Do not lie or give
inaccurate information, as this can cause you
anxiety and may put you in a difficult situation
later. If you feel comfortable in the interview,
you can expand upon your explanation.
There are benefits and risks to
disclosing your mental illness to your potential
employer so try to avoid this discussion and
mention in Resume.