This week, we provide answers to a few of the questions we’ve received recently from visitors and viewers.
So far during my job search, I’ve sent out about twenty resumes and received thee responses from employers, all by phone. Each conversation trailed off at the same point, and I never heard from any of these employers again. All three times, it happened after I was asked about a two year resume gap that took place between 2007 and 2009. How should I answer next time so this doesn’t happen again? If I need to lie or adjust the dates on my resume, then that’s what I’ll do.
Don’t adjust the dates on your resume. Keep them clear and accurate. But when employers ask you about this gap during interviews, make sure your answer reflects well on your candidacy. You didn’t mention why this gap exists, but whatever the reason, be ready to describe it in a positive light, and be very clear with employers about what you learned from this experience and how it made you a better person and a stronger employee.
I’m responding to a job post that makes the following request: “Apply by submitting your resume and a cover letter with a detailed and accurate salary history.” Is this an appropriate thing to ask for in a job application? How should I answer?
If you’re a government or non-profit employee and your salary history is publically available, you can comply with the request, since your potential employers can easily look up your salary information anyway. If not, there’s absolutely no need to share this information with anyone, especially not during an initial resume and cover letter submission. Instead, provide the salary you’d like to have, not the one you’ve had in the past. And offer this number in the form of a range, as in “$55,000- $60,000 plus standard benefits.”