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How to approach gaps in your CV with a potential employer

Applying for a new job can be daunting, especially if you have gaps in your CV. But the good news is, there are positive ways to approach this. In this blog we’ll provide some simple and actionable tips on how to address CV gaps in your job application, highlight your relevant skills and make a good impression on potential employers.

Read on to find out how to explain gaps in your resume.

Be honest about gaps in your CV

CV gaps in employment can’t be hidden, so the best thing to do is be honest. Employers value this, and would even prefer CVs to acknowledge and include details about any gaps.

Explain why it was necessary to take a break from work and how it has affected your career goals. If the gap was due to financial hardship, homelessness or any other personal issue (such as caring for a sick relative or leaving care), explain how this experience has helped make you stronger and more resilient as a person, some examples might include:

  • The economy was bad where I was living and I found myself without work and homeless for 8 months. During this time I volunteered at my local food bank which benefitted my own needs as well as others in similar situations.
  • I took a year out after college to travel to Africa and volunteer within a small, remote community. I met some amazing people and helped them with the day to day job of protecting and improving their community.
  • My mental health was suffering as I had taken on a position that was too senior with very long hours. After taking a short break and working on myself and improving my organisational skills I am excited to start a new challenge.

Churchill’s facilities management positions are suitable for both those coming back to work or just starting out. As a company we are inclusive, welcoming, supportive and ensure that all colleagues are provided the full training to excel in their job role from the beginning. We also have a wide range of roles with varying hours to suit many skill sets which support career development of our colleagues.

Highlight your skills

During gaps in your employment history you may have gained skills and knowledge that are relevant to a role you are applying for. These can be highlighted in your CV.

At Churchill we welcome everyone and know that some achievements will have been accomplished out of employment – these skills can easily be transferred into a career path. Some examples might include:

  • Volunteering with local organisations, meeting people and learning new skills.
  • Pursuing interests outside of work such as sport or reading.
  • Life skills you have learnt or been exposed to such as problem solving, using a computer or learning to drive.
  • Taking courses or training. If there was a specific skill set that was lacking in your previous role, show how you have addressed this and what you have learnt.

Demonstrate your dedication

Now that you have thought about your existing skills, the achievements you gained, small or large, during your time out of employment and how they can be transferred to a career, use those positives to show a potential employer that you are ready for a new challenge. Prepare yourself for the next steps and any questions that might be asked:


  • Have a printed copy of your CV to hand so that you can check details as you discuss them.
  • Be honest, yet don’t feel the need to over share information.
  • Prepare a question to ask about the company or role to show your interest.

Potential questions:

  • Why do you want to start working?
  • Do you have any questions about the company or job?
  • If the employer asks any questions you have not prepared for and find difficult to answer, let them know and explain to the employer why. They will not want you to feel pressured.

Get in touch

At Churchill, we’ve made it our mission to be human, inclusive and empowering. If you’re interested in taking the next step in your career, please view our vacancies or contact us to find out more.