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When applying for jobs, how does one explain a lapse in work history due to illness?

When applying for jobs, how does one explain a lapse in work history due to illness? Topic: How to start off cover letter for a job
June 16, 2019 / By Dolly
Question: I was laid off from my job a while ago. About two weeks afterward, I had a severe asthma attack which led to respiratory failure and landed me in the hospital for three weeks. Though I quickly regained normal lung functioning, I struggled with what is called "ICU weakness" (muscle atrophy) for a long while. It took several months for me to completely recover. I did not seek employment during this time since I wouldn't have been able to work anyway. I have been looking for employment for the past year but with no luck. (I've worked retail, but I didn't want to include that on my resume as it is not related to the field I'm targeting.) How do I explain the illness without alarming a prospective employer? I don't want them to think of me as sickly...this was a fluke incident. My asthma is well under control and this is extremely unlikely to happen again. At the same time, is it really appropriate that I even go into health issues? Would it be better to fabricate something? Please help...I wanted to start including this in my cover letter(s). I feel it needs to be addressed somehow, so that my resume doesn't get tossed aside due to the fact that I have not been working. I believe that is partly why I haven't had any success in getting a job...yet my lapse in employment continues to become longer.
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Carolyn Carolyn | 9 days ago
Basically when they are looking at your employment history they might notice the gaps, however if you match their criteria they would still interview you. Most people with gaps in their resume don't try and explain it in writing but I would recommend discussing it in the job interview. Returning to the workplace can be difficult after an absence. One of the tricks is to get into a training course or take lower level position to make a return. Many managers would be happy to give you a try at a lower level position than you have worked before because they can evaluate you prior to promotion to a more responsible position. Perhaps write "I am apply for this positions because after a leave of absence from work during to a long recover period I want to seek out the right experience"...notice I didn't say absence due to illness, they might think accident or injury instead.
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Carolyn Originally Answered: When applying for jobs, how does one explain a lapse in work history due to illness?
Basically when they are looking at your employment history they might notice the gaps, however if you match their criteria they would still interview you. Most people with gaps in their resume don't try and explain it in writing but I would recommend discussing it in the job interview. Returning to the workplace can be difficult after an absence. One of the tricks is to get into a training course or take lower level position to make a return. Many managers would be happy to give you a try at a lower level position than you have worked before because they can evaluate you prior to promotion to a more responsible position. Perhaps write "I am apply for this positions because after a leave of absence from work during to a long recover period I want to seek out the right experience"...notice I didn't say absence due to illness, they might think accident or injury instead.
Carolyn Originally Answered: When applying for jobs, how does one explain a lapse in work history due to illness?
Oh, that's a difficult situation. What I would suggest is to mention it, but not in cover letter, in you resume. In your cover letter, you are selling your skills, so you need to write positive things, like have a degree/certification in "so and so", have x years of experience in ___ field. Have good communication skills, comfortable with using MS office and such. In your resume, where you mention your experience, mention the timeline of your illness and under that honestly write briefly about your medical history. Also mention that according to doctors, it is very unlikely to happen again and you're fit to work. And apart from that, look for some courses that will help you get a job. Look for internships. Some job sites that I can recommend are indeed.com/indeed.co.uk, depending on where you live, and linkedin.com. Good luck and hope I helped :-)

Angelina Angelina
Oh, that's a difficult situation. What I would suggest is to mention it, but not in cover letter, in you resume. In your cover letter, you are selling your skills, so you need to write positive things, like have a degree/certification in "so and so", have x years of experience in ___ field. Have good communication skills, comfortable with using MS office and such. In your resume, where you mention your experience, mention the timeline of your illness and under that honestly write briefly about your medical history. Also mention that according to doctors, it is very unlikely to happen again and you're fit to work. And apart from that, look for some courses that will help you get a job. Look for internships. Some job sites that I can recommend are indeed.com/indeed.co.uk, depending on where you live, and linkedin.com. Good luck and hope I helped :-)
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Angelina Originally Answered: Confused about something a girl said when I was applying for jobs?
I work in a small, privately owned restaurant and the turnover is unbelievable. Employees quit without notice all the time. I would imagine the place you are interested in has the same problem. I would guess it is because the employees are not receiving good tips so they leave to find another job. Do you know if this place is very busy? If not, this is another reason for leaving because they are not getting tipped due to slow nights of few customers. This is very common in the restaurant business. As far as the application, I have been in situations where someone comes in requesting an application and I if we run out we will ask them to write down their name and phone number and ask for them to come in another day to speak to the owner or manager. Usually, in restaurants people generally do not receive raises but if they do it is very little. Poor conditions and non-consistant payment of employees may result in employee turnover as well. Is that girl you talked to even a manager? I would go back to ask to speak to the manager or owner. If they are interested, they will jot down your info, even if they have an application or not. They can hire you without the application (based on qualifications) and as soon as you get the job they will require you to fill out the application. Seen this happen many times.
Angelina Originally Answered: Confused about something a girl said when I was applying for jobs?
to be honest with you they prob just didn't want you to work there for some reason i don't thing they go threw people that fast they would have no reason to spend a week training someone then firring them sounds kind of iffy to me

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