If you take a look at my resume you will find a nine month period gap where I didn’t do any work. I wasn’t working for a company, I wasn’t interning anywhere, and I didn’t even keep up with social media or blog in a website. The only social media I did have is Twitter and I welcomed the radio silence that came along with disconnecting from social media. So, why the radio silence?

In the one year scope of 2016 and 2017, I dealt with situations I didn’t know how to handle but I also accomplished the one thing I had moved thousands of miles away from home for: my bachelor’s degree. As previously mentioned I moved back to Florida after realizing that my mental, as much as my physical health, was being affected by the hustle and bustle of the city of New York.

After taking an extended break period to focus on my health I am now officially looking for a job and I can’t help but wonder if the lack of employment visibility on my resume will put a hold on me attaining a job. It’s not like in those nine months I wasn’t looking for a job (because I was) but it wasn’t my main priority.

My resume is always up to par and my website is always up-to-date. Job searching wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm or lack of searching; I just couldn’t put it past myself to feel enthusiasm for the “just graduated now it’s time to look for a job” grown-up part of me.

How do you place that you took a mental break on your resume?

 

What exactly did I do besides take a mental break and continue to search for jobs in those nine months?

here’s the extensive list:

• I learned new skills: photography and Lightroom.

• I relied on my family and friends more: I came home to FL in the summer to spend time with my mom and my sister.

• I adjusted: I moved around twice in the year in less than four months.

• I visited my best friend who I hadn’t seen in over two years.

• I organized myself for the new chapter in my life.

• I learned to not be so harsh on myself. Granted this is a daily battle and a constant reminder but it’s something I am proud to say that I am working towards.

Are we at a point in time where your health won’t affect how your job views you? If you take a break how do you tell your boss that when interviewing?

I’m looking for answers and ideas. Drop them in the comments below. 

Published in memoirs
2 Comments
  1. Karinna 4 months ago

    All important lessons to be learned sooner rather than later

  2. TK Dennis 3 months ago

    I love this post Pamela. It’s such a real thing.

    Some employers have a culture and identity that rewards ladder climbers instead of those who have something great to offer. Those companies will likely hate to see a gap in your resume, regardless of the reason.

    On the other hand, there are companies and organizations out there that want you for your passion, vision, and ability. They’re harder to come by, but I hope you find your way into one! You deserve to be rewarded for your mental break, and all the clarity it will bring to your work in the future. 🙂

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