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Sabbatical Solutions for Your Resume

Sabbatical Solutions for Your Resume

safariDid you take a sabbatical and are now wondering how to include the time off on your resume? I interviewed career expert Ford R. Myers for an upcoming article on this topic, and he provided excellent advice. According to Ford, “Handle the sabbatical very carefully, with forethought and planning. Tie the experience in to your long-term career path, and find a way to express to the employer that even though this was not paid experience, it was still professionally motivated and enriching.” Thank you, Ford!Here are examples of how to explain a “forced” sabbatical (AKA “layoff”) in a resume and cover letter, provided by certified resume writer Karen Hofferber:Sample sabbatical listing on a resume:Sabbatical, 5/06 to 8/07Used 15 months provided by severance package to recharge, develop personal interest in photography, and give back to the community. Attended MFA program, traveled throughout Africa on two photo safaris, published photographs in several local magazines, and served as a volunteer on two Habitat for Humanity home-building projects.Sample sabbatical explanation on a cover letter:“Although my performance was rated highly by my most recent employer, my position was eliminated following a corporate-downsizing initiative. In the ensuing months, I’ve returned to school to become more proficient in emerging technologies. I completed a series of courses in ecommerce applications and website design, and I am eager to leverage my new skills for my next employer…”Best wishes,Kim Isaacs