Job history gaps ? Is there still hope ?

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I've been unemployed for about 8 months now and my previous position was a temp role in operations at a top 3 credit rating agency for 6 months and before that I had a 2 year unemployment gap ( traded stocks and options) after graduating from a non target school with no internship experience. So far I've been able to land about 5 interviews in the 8 month span. I have been using temp agencies and also applying for full time positions mainly in operations/admin, middle office/back office. I fear that this job history gap is a major flaw in my search to enter the corporate financial services industry. Is there any advice anyone can give me on improving my chances of landing a role ?

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Jan 25, 2015

Sounds like you have had a job for about 6 months out of the last 3+ years. Is that right?

Have you been without a job since you graduated from undergrad?

Jan 25, 2015

Just the 6 month temp role at a top 3 credit rating agency

Jan 25, 2015
brooklynkid:

Just the 6 month temp role at a top 3 credit rating agency. Good news, I'm waiting to hear back from a client services rep position at a top credit rating agency and a upcoming interview with JPM for a client operation analyst position.

Aug 13, 2015

You just have to keep grinding man!

Jan 25, 2015

Thanks, I found a temp role within compliance, and I moved to a permanent Ops position within Asset Management at a BB.

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Mar 9, 2016

Congratulations!!! So glad it worked out for you!!

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Mar 9, 2016

You can certainly ask about the interviewer's background and most of the time they will mention some previous jobs. After that, you can follow up by asking why he decided the join the current firm. Would refrain from asking why he left other jobs, as he could have been fired or some other reason he's wouldn't want to share.

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Mar 9, 2016

No one will care. It's not a gap in which you were unemployable... you just took some time before stating a masters. You are worrying about nothing. People quit jobs early all the time before starting MBAs or whatever; had several friends in banking / consulting leave and go travel for a few months before heading back to school

Mar 9, 2016

Gap is short and justifiable. I wouldn't worry about it if I were interviewing you - story seems consistent.

Mar 9, 2016

Thanks for the quick responses; much appreciated.

Mar 9, 2016

Do an online internship.

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Mar 9, 2016

If they notice a long gap in job history just say for 22 years you went Kerouac on everyone's ass, I heard it worked out well for a couple guys.

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Mar 9, 2016

Just say that you received a job offer but it fell through.

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Mar 9, 2016

Thanks for your answer.

But I think a follow-up question they're going to ask if I just say the offer fell through is that whether I've actually signed the contract before quitting, which I haven't.

At this moment, it really doesn't matter if I had or not from a personal perspective because it fell through anyhow, but I just don't want to come across as sloppy or stupid for the decision I've made. Also, if I had actually signed the contract and the offer fell through, then I at least have some legal rights to raise serious complaints to the company, which in this case I have none.

If asked, should I just explain this situation as the way it really happened, or say that the offer was not extended after I signed the contract?

Mar 9, 2016

No one is going to ask you whether or not you had a signed offer. Say that you got an offer and quit your job. The new company basically screwed you. You can say they pulled the offer due to budget or department restructuring, etc. and left you in the lurch because you'd already quit.

Mar 9, 2016

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Mar 9, 2016

I'd make a regular resume and mention the situation to your headhunter. They normally include a short note in candidate profiles where they can present this information.

Mar 9, 2016
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