Here’s how to write a resume when you haven’t worked in years:
- Make your resume skills-focused. The best way to do this is by using a functional resume format, which frames your experience in terms of your relevant skills, rather than each job you’ve had and when you had it.
- Include volunteer work you did during your period of unemployment.
- Emphasize your education by adding more detail to your resume education section.
- Add any certifications you got while unemployed.
- Briefly explain why you haven’t been working in your resume summary.
- Pair your resume with a convincing cover letter that explains your situation.
Having an employment gap on your resume isn’t as bad as many people think it is. Most employers understand there are many valid reasons to take extended time off from working and won’t hold it against you as long as you explain your situation.
For example, raising a child or suffering from long-term health issues are both legitimate reasons for taking time off work.