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How to Fill in a Gap on Your Resume Due to Divorce

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Career

In most cases, the process of divorce is painful and exhausting. It takes away a lot of time, energy, nerves, and money. It's not surprising that many women have to quit their jobs because they experience severe depression while going through a divorce.


Fortunately, with the pass of time, the pain fades away, and life gets back to normal. One day, a woman feels that she is ready to start a new chapter. She decides to update her CV and apply for a job…

If you have found yourself in this situation, you probably wonder how to fill in a large gap on your resume. Here are a few pieces of advice for you.

Don't lie to your potential employer

First of all, you should understand that your CV shouldn't contain any false statements. You should be honest and open with your potential employer. Everyone has a tough time sometimes, and you have nothing to hide.

It's a terrible idea to start a new life and a new professional relationship from a lie. Even if you get a job, one day your coworkers will discover the truth, and you will be ashamed.

All you need to do now is to choose an appropriate resume format and structure it in the right way. It will help you to draw the recruiters' attention from the gap on your CV to your professional competency.

Choose a functional resume format

If you have a large gap in work experience due to divorce, you should avoid using a chronological resume format. If you list the most recent job first, an interviewer will easily notice that you haven't been working for more than a year. It will make him doubt the fact that you have kept your skills and knowledge current.

The best choice for you is a functional resume format. It will allow you to list your previous jobs ignoring chronological order. You can start writing your resume by mentioning the most relevant skills and accomplishments to show that you are a perfect fit for the role.

When crafting a CV, you should focus on your core strengths and professional achievements. You should take the recruiter's attention away from the absence of recent experience and other weaknesses.

Write about recently acquired skills

In any case, the employer will want to know what you have been doing during the last few months or years. For this reason, it's crucially important to explain how you have been developing your professional skills and talents. If you have been freelancing or volunteering in the fields related to the job you apply for, feel free to mention this experience in your CV. This is what many writing services for students recommend when helping graduates secure their first job. In fact, it also works well for explaining the gap on your resume and not only when we talk about first-time employment.

If you have recently taken classes online, or attended workshops, or participated in conferences, you can add this information to your resume. It will prove that you aspire to grow professionally.

Don't mention the exact start and end dates

You can make a gap on your resume looks smaller without lying to the employer. You just need to mention employment years and omit months.

Let's imagine that you quit your job on February 1, 2018, and apply for a new job on March 1, 2019. The actual gap in your work experience is 13 months. But if you don't mention an exact date, when you left your previous work, it will seem that the gap is just two months (from December 2018 to March 2019).

Keep in mind that if you need to write a government resume, this trick will not work for you. If you are a federal employee, your resume must include exact start and end dates, average weekly hours, and responsibilities of the previous job.

Optimize your resume for ATS

Today, most companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). It's a software, which scans, collects and sorts thousands of resumes automatically. So if you want to increase your chances to get an interview, you should stuff your resume with the suitable keywords.

Also, it's crucially important to ensure that your resume is free from typos and spelling errors. If you misspell a keyword, ATS will skip your CV, and you will lose a chance to get a job of your dreams. For this reason, it's highly recommended to utilize reliable writing service or online grammar checker to correct all mistakes.

In conclusion

Even if divorce resulted in a large gap in your employment history, it should not stop you from achieving your dream. All you need to do now is to position yourself in the most favorable light when writing a resume. Follow the examples given, and you will win the recruiters' attention.And please, remember one important thing. Divorce isn't the end of your life; it's the end of the dysfunctional marriage only. It's your time to turn the page and start everything over. Now you can get a job and accomplish your ambitious career goals.

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How This CEO Is Using Your Period To Prevent Chronic Diseases

With so many groundbreaking medical advances being revealed to the world every single day, you would imagine there would be some advancement on the plethora of many female-prevalent diseases (think female cancers, Alzheimer's, depression, heart conditions etc.) that women are fighting every single day.


For Anna Villarreal and her team, there frankly wasn't enough being done. In turn, she developed a method that diagnoses these diseases earlier than traditional methods, using a pretty untraditional method in itself: through your menstrual blood.

Getting from point A to point B wasn't so easy though. Villarreal was battling a disease herself and through that experience. “I wondered if there was a way to test menstrual blood for female specific diseases," she says. "Perhaps my situation could have been prevented or at least better managed. This led me to begin researching menstrual blood as a diagnostic source. For reasons the scientific and medical community do not fully understand, certain diseases impact women differently than men. The research shows that clinical trials have a disproportionate focus on male research subjects despite clear evidence that many diseases impact more women than men."

There's also no denying that gap in women's healthcare in clinical research involving female subjects - which is exactly what inspired Villarreal to launch her company, LifeStory Health. She says that, “with my personal experience everything was brought full circle."

“There is a challenge and a need in the medical community for more sex-specific research. I believe the omission of females as research subjects is putting women's health at risk and we need to fuel a conversation that will improve women's healthcare.,"

-Anna Villarreal

Her brand new biotech company is committed to changing the women's healthcare market through technology, innovation and vocalization and through extensive research and testing. She is working to develop the first ever, non-invasive, menstrual blood diagnostic and has partnered with a top Boston-area University on research and has won awards from The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Northeastern University's RISE.

How does it work exactly? Proteins are discovered in menstrual blood that can quickly and easily detect, manage and track diseases in women, resulting in diseases that can be earlier detected, treated and even prevented in the first place. The menstrual blood is easy to collect and since it's a relatively unexplored diagnostic it's honestly a really revolutionary concept, too.

So far, the reactions of this innovative research has been nothing but excitement. “The reactions have been incredibly positive." she shares with SWAAY. “Currently, menstrual blood is discarded as bio waste, but it could carry the potential for new breakthroughs in diagnosis. When I educate women on the lack of female subjects used in research and clinical trials, they are surprised and very excited at the prospect that LifeStory Health may provide a solution and the key to early detection."

To give a doctor's input, and a little bit more of an explanation as to why this really works, Dr. Pat Salber, MD, and Founder of The Doctor Weighs In comments: “researchers have been studying stem cells derived from menstrual blood for more than a decade. Stem cells are cells that have the capability of differentiating into different types of tissues. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Adult stem cells have a more limited differentiation potential, but avoid the ethical issues that have surrounded research with embryonic stem cells. Stem cells from menstrual blood are adult stem cells."

These stem cells are so important when it comes to new findings. “Stem cells serve as the backbone of research in the field of regenerative medicine – the focus which is to grow tissues, such as skin, to repair burn and other types of serious skin wounds.

A certain type of stem cell, known as mesenchymal stem cells (MenSCs) derived from menstrual blood has been found to both grow well in the lab and have the capability to differentiate in various cell types, including skin. In addition to being used to grow tissues, their properties can be studied that will elucidate many different aspects of cell function," Dr. Salber explains.

To show the outpour of support for her efforts and this major girl power research, Villarreal remarks, “women are volunteering their samples happily report the arrival of their periods by giving samples to our lab announcing “de-identified sample number XXX arrived today!" It's a far cry from the stereotype of when “it's that time of the month."

How are these collections being done? “Although it might sound odd to collect menstrual blood, plastic cups have been developed to use in the collection process. This is similar to menstrual products, called menstrual cups, that have been on the market for many years," Dr. Salber says.

Equally shocking and innovative, this might be something that becomes more common practice in the future. And according to Dr. Salber, women may be able to not only use the menstrual blood for early detection, but be able to store the stem cells from it to help treat future diseases. “Companies are working to commercialize the use of menstrual blood stem cells. One company, for example, is offering a patented service to store menstrual blood stem cells for use in tissue generation if the need arises."