Employment gaps can be terrifying when applying for a new job.
Writing a cover letter to apply for a job when you haven’t worked for a while can be a daunting experience.
However, you can easily explain employment gaps when you have taken a hiatus/break from work.
Gaps on resumes are red flags for most employers – unless your cover letter can explain what you had been doing when you weren’t working, your resume may not be accepted.
There is a way to get around this. If you have been unwell, and that is why you haven’t worked, you can mention as much. In such a case, it is important to write a cover letter to tell the hiring manager that you kept in touch with the type of work that you are applying for. This will tell the hiring manager that you have not lost all your skills and can be a good choice to hire after all.
After this, it is important to highlight that the situation that you were going through has ended and that you are now ready to take on the work as well as you did earlier.
You have to show your enthusiasm about the work so that the hiring manager can effectively understand that you are eager to join and contribute to the organization.
In addition to this, you have to remain honest. Do not lie about why you decided to take a break. With information on everyone’s fingertips nowadays, many employers perform background checks in order to ensure that an applicant is telling the truth. Make sure that whatever you write in your cover letter correlates with your background.
See also: Returning to Work Cover Letter Sample
Here are two examples of cover letters written by applicants who are applying for a job after a break:
Cover Letter with Employment Gap (Sample 1)
May 31, 2020
Mr. John Cusack
Human Resources Manager
1588 Tide Road
65 Trent Road
Dear Mr. Cusack:
I am interested in working for your organization, as I find the company objectives to be in great synchronization with my goals. I am attaching my resume, which details my work experience, skills, and qualifications for the job.
It is unfortunate that I had to resign from work 2 years ago to look after my ailing mother. During these two years, I have managed to keep in touch with my work, by looking through different information bulletins, and ensuring that I learned new developments in the industry as well. Also, I remained focused on eventually gaining a position in this regard, which is why I was in a constant state of learning, even though I was not actively working.
At this point in time, my skills include:
- Knowledge of creating and maintaining correspondence, such as official letters and memos
- Able to handle a wide variety of equipment maintenance and operation tasks
- Well-versed in performing research work by looking through different resources
- Competent in working with people from different professional backgrounds
Now that I have hired a full-time caregiver for my mother, I am free to get back to work and learn and contribute as well. I am sure that an interview with me will help you decide that I am indeed the right person to hire, and can be trusted to work at your office. In order to arrange one, I will contact your secretary for a convenient time and date at the end of this week.
If you need to reach me, please call at (000) 645-9399. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Cover Letter with Employment Gap (Sample 2)
May 31, 2020
Mr. Henry Betel
Human Resources Manager
10 Lexus Avenue
Dear Mr. Betel:
I saw your advertisement for a position at Kent Services in the news last Sunday. Since then, I have been contemplating reaching out to you to offer my services. I worked in a similar capacity 5 years ago, and since then, I have been volunteering my services in an organization similar to yours.
In 2015, I took a break from work, as I felt that I was not contributing too much, owing to the fact that I burnt myself out. Having consistently worked for over 18 hours a day for 3 years, both my physical and mental capacity to handle work had decreased immensely. Now, I feel that I am back in my element, after some rest and self-reflection.
During the time that I was away from work, I did not stop working in essence. I volunteered my services for 2 hours a day and managed to keep myself in the loop about things. Specifically, I gained the following skills:
- Ability to reach out to people, and provide them with service information
- Knowledge of effectively handling a wide variety of tasks, without compromising quality
- Talented in counseling individuals in order to help them make the best of their situations
- Proficient in creating and maintaining client records, and keeping them confidential
In addition to this, I traveled to 2 other countries where I voluntarily held similar positions, to help the local communities. My work and effort were appreciated by many people, specifically those who worked with me on different outreach projects.
Now, I would like to do this work full-time, so that I can contribute to the local community more. As I have gained much experience even while not working full-time, I am sure that I will be nothing less than an asset to your organization. Also, I intend to apply my knowledge of outreach programs, administrative work, and employee oversight to your organization, from which you will garner many benefits.
Confident that a meeting between us will end up in a positive outcome, I will call you at the end of next week to organize a meeting time and date. Till then, you can reach me at (000) 812-3125, if you need any further information regarding my suitability for this job.