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Long gap in CV after university
« on: May 19, 2013, 05:17:10 PM »

Hi, after graduating with a masters degree in September of last year, I initially applied to a bunch of graduate schemes, sometimes getting as far as an interview but ultimately getting rejected, and then by December I suffered from depression that lasted at least until April where I became a bit of a recluse and simply stopped applying for jobs. While I don't regard myself as completely "cured", I do at least feel better enough to start looking for work again (and well, doing so is part of my "behavioural activation therapy"), at least a simple part time job. Problem is I how could I explain this gap in my CV and general lack of experience to employers, would they really employ me if I told them that it was because I was depressed? Whenever I look at part time jobs available it seems like I will never get a job because they all ask for relevant experience or qualities I don't really possess, and the only experience I have is  from back when I was an undergrad 2+ years ago (as a part time sound technician and some voluntary work). So what do I do? What kind of job would accept someone like me?


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Re: Long gap in CV after university
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 04:25:21 PM »
I would start off with contacting dome temping agencies. They tend not to mind about previous work experience and should be able to get you some work. The reason that they do not mind about previous work experience is because you will be on a days notice and so if the job does not suit you or you do not suit the job then you will not be asked to return the next day. This is unlikely though, as they do try to pair people up with jobs as well as they can. They will have jobs that are just a few days cover, a few months or more on going work and you could pick and choose which might suit you. These jobs are unlikely to be graduate positions, but they will be a way to get you back in to working and increase your confidence and give you something to put on your CV.

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Re: Long gap in CV after university
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 12:25:05 PM »
I agree with Rachel.  Agency & Temporary work will be a good way to build up your CV with actual experience.  Another you could try would be to look at voluntary work? - Is there maybe a charity shop or church cafe/shop you could help in?  OK so you wont earn money from it but it will show you are willing to work

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