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While it is common for employees to take time off in between jobs, you have to know how to explain the gap in your resume. You might take time off for reasons like raising a family, taking care of ill family members, recovering from an illness, travelling, or other reasons, but you must present your reason in the most positive way possible. For example, you can state “Career Break” or “Career Breather” in the resume, and assert any relevant positive experiences you might have gained during that time off. Alternatively, you can reformat your resume from a traditional chronological approach to a more functional one, which emphasises your skills in different areas, allowing you to include any experience you gained during your time off.