You should cover up the holes in your CV because of this, that and the other and you should cover up the holes in your CV in this way, that way and another way. It is all getting a bit boring now isn`t it?
Can you see the link between the two squares below?
Of course you can and you are correct. The people mentioned in the grey square have all experienced one or more of the problems highlighted in the blue square. And you know what? They all have one thing in common; A big and significant black hole in their CV.
I have worked within recruitment and management for aproximately 14 years now, and not a day has gone by when I have not been involved in or overheard a conversation around ” the big black hole” in a CV. 14 years. That is at least 5000 times so please excuse me for being somewhat fed up with the whole thing. Nevertheless, my feelings are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
This is not another text about how to cover the holes in your CV or how to turn a hole in your CV into something positive. There are already plenty these texts (some good and some bad) and therein lies the problem. We shouldn`t have have to read texts about holes in the CV, we shouldn`t hear about holes in a CV, we shouldn`t have to talk about holes in a CV and we shouldn`t have to think or worry about holes in a CV. You know why?
The answer is rather simple: It is what it is; A big black hole or a big fat nothing.. It is insignificant and irrelevant, and we waste time talking, thinking and writing about it. (Rich coming from me)
A very good aquaintance of mine, lost someone very dear to them in the London bombings in 2005. This person went through a difficult time and as a result did not work for 12 months. When she was finally ready to apply for new positions she discovered something that should surprise us all but unfortunately doesn`t. Out of 15 applications, 7 of them were automatically rejected due to the fact that it was “Company Policy” not to recruit anyone with a hole in their CV
Situations like these deserve nothing but simply being laughed at, but one would be surprised to see that although there a high number of companies who in my opinion have no problems with people having holes in their CV, some companies and that includes large blue chip organistaions still discriminate in the worst fashion. Even more worryingly, I have heard about similar situations to that my friend experienced both in Norway after the 2011 terror as well as many other places around the world.
Ultimately one could argue that it is the companies who discriminate that loses out. They are the ones that will carry on recruiting the same people with the same experiences who have barely experienced one stumbling block in their whole life, the type of people that have been wrapped up in cotton wool. It is these companies that never will have the opportunity to interview the next Steve Jobs or the next Walt Disney and that is almost punishment enough in itself. However, as an additional punishment to these companies, we can all do one thing: Stop talking about holes in CV`s as if it is a fault and a weakness. It is netiher a fault nor a weakness and is rather a result of natures wonder that gives people additional strength.