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Dear Theo: Gaps in employment history

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by mirigirl, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. mirigirl

    mirigirl New commenter

    Dear Theo,

    I'm updating my CV in order to apply for International schools in the Netherlands. I have a few short gaps in my employment history where we moved countries (my husband is in the Oil and Gas industry). Most recently, whilst working in the UK, I have a six week gap where I left a school in the first week of January due to illness, and started at a new school immediately after half term, following surgery and recovery from it.

    What advice can you give me about how to deal with these gaps? Your excellent advice says "no unexplained gaps" or occasionally "no gaps". What would you recommend?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Just give the dates and put the reason:

    01 Sep 2005 - 31 Aug 2008: Teacher of History, Greengates School

    01 Sep 2008 - 15 Oct 2008: moving house from UK to Saudi Arabia

    16 Oct 2008 - 31 July 2014 : Teacher of History, English School of Saudi Arabia

    01 Aug 2014 - 31 Aug 2014: moving house back to UK

    01 Sep 2014 - 30 June 205: part-time Tutor of History, Reading Home Tutors

    01 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015: recovering from surgery

    01 Sep 2015 - ongoing: teacher of History at Downtown Hall Comprehensive School

    It doesn't matter if there are gaps in teaching, there just mustn't be any gaps in your chronology.

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
  3. mirigirl

    mirigirl New commenter

    Thank you - that's absolutely clear and very helpful.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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