jobs-discuss

Job hunting, interview process and anything related to the experience of a job writing the Clojure language.
2021-04-28T10:26:49.120Z

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.

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

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

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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

๐Ÿ‘†:skin-tone-2:

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).