I get a lot of questions from job seekers asking “How do I fill in employment gaps on my resume?”
Here is a strategy that I encourage you to adopt, no matter if you are trying to describe what you have been doing while you were out of work, or if you are trying to network into a new industry.
Being considered a Subject Matter Expert or Market Leader will give you a big upper hand in the job search.
There are a couple of ways to do this that will also “fill in the gaps” on your employment history.
- Volunteering for local trade organizations, non-profits, chamber of commerce groups, etc.
- Join and take a leadership role in an offline industry trade group. This not only brings with it connections, but builds credibility.
- Do both, but online… Join Online industry Trade groups and Local Business Networking groups online. Volunteer to manage their group discussions. Not only do you get the recognition, and a link to your profile on all posts and discussions, but also you learn about about the industry, the companies, and the people.
If you can’t find a local group or industry group, make your own. Add these positions to your LinkedIn Profile.
Obviously LinkedIn Groups is a great place to start. You can also check out groups on Ning.com as well.
No only will these steps fill the employment gaps, but you’ll add-value to the community while building credibility, authority, and visibility.
If you want to get started, simply search linkedin groups for local or trade groups.
Then, contact the owner and volunteer.
I have a couple of LinkedIn Groups that I could use some help with as well. They are job search and career related. I need help maintaining the groups, starting discussions, inviting members to join, etc. If you have experience with Facebook and LinkedIn Group Administration, I would greatly appreciate the help. I’ll even help you find a job!