Explain unemployment gap on CV?

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I have been unemployed since i left University. Do i state this in CV or i when i get interview if it gets asked?
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why not create your own company?????????
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why not create your own company?????????
Im skint !
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It’s no big deal. I wouldn’t put it on the CV and just say you were job hunting if asked. If you have done any voluntary work or study in that period it would be good to mention that on the CV.
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It’s no big deal. I wouldn’t put it on the CV and just say you were job hunting if asked. If you have done any voluntary work or study in that period it would be good to mention that on the CV.
Apart from job hunting which is priority, i have been trying to keep with the industry through journals etc.
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Don't claim something other than the truth. Some employers are suspicious of CV gaps, that you were up to no good (cash in hand work, dealing in drugs, membership of Extinction Rebellion, for example).
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ok, i give you an advice, you can get the job and prepare your business
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Don't claim something other than the truth. Some employers are suspicious of CV gaps, that you were up to no good (cash in hand work, dealing in drugs, membership of Extinction Rebellion, for example).
If im asked ill say the truth of course.
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It’s no big deal. I wouldn’t put it on the CV and just say you were job hunting if asked. If you have done any voluntary work or study in that period it would be good to mention that on the CV.
I agree
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I have been unemployed since i left University. Do i state this in CV or i when i get interview if it gets asked?
Someone might ask what you've been doing since you left Uni, so make sure you've got something constructive to talk about. But its not a very relevant question to ask in normal times, it's a bit daft to ask it if you graduated this year!
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I'm the same, I just say I've been job hunting. I just started an online personal development course relevant to my degree, you can find loads on reed, it may be useful to you. Just so I have something useful to say when I next have an interview, even though it's stuff I already learnt from uni.
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Someone might ask what you've been doing since you left Uni, so make sure you've got something constructive to talk about. But its not a very relevant question to ask in normal times, it's a bit daft to ask it if you graduated this year!
I think i will look at doing some volunteer work, look up local food banks.
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I think this is one year where if you say you were helping care for your family in some way no one is going to question it.
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It depends on how long it is since you left university. June 2020? No issue at all. June 2019? Probably not. Prior to that - yes.
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Again focus on skills.
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Again focus on skills.
Focused my transferable skills on my CV and mention key ones in my cover letters.

Start retail job next week, though still determined to get graduate job in the near future.
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It depends on how long it is since you left university. June 2020? No issue at all. June 2019? Probably not. Prior to that - yes.
Yes I graduated this year!
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You'll be asked during interviews, so you can just explain it then. What they're interested in knowing is what have you been doing whilst you were unemployed. Were you learning new skills? Were you volunteering? They want to see if you were making use of that time.
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Yes I graduated this year!
Nothing to worry about then. As others have noted its worth thinking what you will say when asked - partly to present yourself in a positive light and partly so as not to feel nervous.
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