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Updated: Jul 30, 2020

I took off a year and a half from work to sail around the world. Do I put that on my resume or leave it off? And if so, how do I do that without affecting my credibility?

Ahoy matie! You should absolutely list a hiatus like this! In this day and age, hiring managers are always trying to get a feel for “who” candidates are and many companies would see that “world experience” as advantageous- within reason. For example, if you took off 5 years and completely disconnected from the world- including not staying up to date on your certifications and expertise, that would not work in your favor, but if you took the time and still kept your skills “fresh”, it would not generally be seen negatively. Remember to mention things like whether you resigned to go on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure and to keep things positive. No one wants to see that you ran from society because you became disenchanted with the world at large. Happy Sailing!

I saw a job posted online that I’m interested in, but they’re requiring a certification I don’t have. Should I apply?

In a word, yes! While certain certifications are extremely beneficial, they are hardly ever a hard and fast disqualifier. If your experience is a fit, throw your hat in the ring. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Everyone says the best way to break into a company is to know someone there. I don’t know that many people! How do I find an “in”?

Even YOU, you introverted wall flower, know more people than you think. When embarking on a job search, it’s extremely important to tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a new role- don’t assume that just because you were affected by a recent layoff that people know you need their help! I can assure you that most people don’t think they can help and they don’t want to “offend” (no seriously) by offering to help. So, be verbal and be specific. If there are companies you want to work at, check your linkedin network for connections and ask your friends at your next poker night/girls night!

I’ve been out of school for 20 years. Does the education section still go at the top of the resume?

No. After 5 years, or 2 jobs, your education section moves to the bottom of the resume. It is generally no longer a selling point; it becomes a check box.

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