Back into the fray
September 5, 2007 2:41 PM Subscribe
Returning to the job market after a hiatus, what can I expect?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In January, I had nearly exhausted my unpaid leave due to a severe bout of depression. Rather than run it out to the point where I might be tinged with the "fired" tag, I saved them the trouble and resigned and have been riding my savings ever since.
I feel like I'm ready to rejoin the ranks of the employed, but I'm apprehensive about the impression I'm going to give. As background: I'd only been at that job for six months, preceded by a three-month period of unemployment (looking for a good job that would relocate me to the big city), preceded by a two-and-a-half year job from which I was laid off (restructuring). That was my first job out of college.
How worried should I be about the holes in my résumé? How can I answer the questions they raise in ways that are basically honest but don't make me look like a deadbeat? What level of detail (or lack thereof) should I expect to give regarding my depression? I'm grateful for any general or specific advice you can provide.