I’ve got a bit of an issue with my CV
I’ve been volunteering for three months in my local branch of Cancer Research which has been a positive experience. It has given me a reference, gives me something to put on the CV and frankly has done something for my self-confidence that had been battered by scores of job rejections. I’ve even quite enjoyed it – it being one of the most collegiate and friendly places I’ve ever worked.
Prior to this I worked in the House of Commons which might sound prestigious but it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. I had no access to training courses, was given little responsibility and I’m really not tribal enough for party politics. Suffice it to say it wasn’t for me.
Take home point – I realise now it is better to be happy in some minimum wage retail job than unhappy in a supposedly "prestigious" job.
My problem is that employers see a CV gap of 9/10 months between these two things and do not like it.
The fact I graduated into the worst recession since The Great Depression doesn’t wash. The fact I was on antidepressants – well they don’t want a sob story do they?
I’m now ready to re-enter the job market and get back into paid work but this period of unemployment is proving a red flag on my CV/at interviews and is proving a stumbling block as I attempt to get life back on track.
Employers don't give you the benefit of the doubt in this economy and I'm unsure what to do as the period of unemployment is frankly unacceptable to many employers - a bit of a catch-22.
You just need a story, any story, and confidently set it out in the interview if asked. Say that the HoC was a fixed term position and that due to the difficult job market you struggled to find work in the intervening period. Or alternatively say that you took the opportunity to go travelling after the HoC role. Or just say that you had some health issues that are now resolved. As long as you don't go "err, well, um..." in the interview then they will most likely understand.
The answer is there in your question, it is hard finding a role and you have been trying simple! plus you do not need to tell a sob story just be honest and say you had circumstances at the time which did not help you in securing a job due to poor health, i mean either way it is the truth.