Job hunting, interview process and anything related to the experience of a job writing the Clojure language.

Quick question. I've made some good investments over the years and I'm thinking about selling some of them, quitting my job, and taking it easy for a few months. Spend time with the kids, work on fun interesting side projects, and properly prepare for job interviews. Let's say in 3-4 months time I'm interviewing somewhere and I'm asked why I've not been working for the past months; and I just lay it like it is. Would you think that would be a seen as a negative thing? Also wondering if they'd think I'd been fired and that was an excuse.

jiriknesl 2021-04-29T12:24:59.124300Z

When I review candidateโ€™s resumes, I am not looking for gaps and I am likely to ignore them. However, people put in sabbatical in their resumes from time to time. I wouldnโ€™t consider it an issue if it is only 3-4 mths.

Aron 2021-04-29T12:57:06.124500Z

No length of sabbatical should be an issue, unless it's digital taylorism. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

practicalli-john 2021-04-30T10:02:38.124900Z

I haven't put dates on my CV for a long time now as I don't consider them relevant. So would put a break from work on the CV. If duration is important to someone, the information is on LinkedIn. I include a link to my LinkedIn profile on the CV. I am open about what I do with my time if asked, but unless I did something relevant to the job I am applying for it's not put on the CV. I only use 2 pages for my CV and can't fit everything I have done on there...

Aron 2021-04-30T10:03:54.125100Z

I would put it only if the goal of the sabbatical was somehow relevant to the job I am applying for.

Aron 2021-04-30T10:04:12.125300Z

But leaving off dates, that's a nice idea, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

p-himik 2021-04-28T10:28:08.120200Z

I wouldn't worry about it at all. HR people, like all other, are unpredictable. Some will not care, some will think that it's great, some will hate it.

emil0r 2021-04-28T10:33:19.120600Z


Conor 2021-04-28T10:36:30.120800Z

Just say you were "pursuing side projects", a foolproof answer

Aron 2021-04-28T10:40:15.121Z

This is where I say honesty pays out, if they don't like it, you probably want to know that so you don't get hired somewhere where there is such a great possibility of friction.

orestis 2021-04-28T10:43:38.122700Z

I would put it in my CV as a distinct time period, explaining what it was I was doing. This way youโ€™re upfront and as @ashnur says if people object to taking time off you dodge the bullet early :)

dharrigan 2021-04-28T10:49:53.122900Z

In my past, I've taken quite long extended breaks, i.e., months and months and months, to travel the world and see things. When asked I explained that. It hasn't prevented me from finding work after that. There's so much more to life than sitting in front of a computer until you die. I believe most HR/recruiters/companies understand that ๐Ÿ™‚ The ones that don't aren't worth your time.

mpenet 2021-04-28T10:52:28.123100Z

I have never been asked for gaps between jobs on my cv, in most case hr doesn't care

mpenet 2021-04-28T10:52:43.123300Z

as long as we're not talking 10 years break

kenj 2021-04-28T19:44:37.123500Z

US centric data point: Iโ€™ve taken two 1-year breaks from work, and no one has ever asked about them when applying for jobs.

futuro 2021-04-28T20:58:50.123800Z

I've found startups can be a good entry point, as they have less capital and can be more willing to "take risks" with someone that doesn't have as much experience. I re-entered the developer career path by joining just such a startup, and my FT gig at that point was enterprise customer support (not my favorite job).