Many people end up being out of the work force for extended periods of time for various reasons such as family, injury, availability, opportunity, and so on. When it comes time to re-enter the work force you may find that you are left with a gap in your resume. This is something that recruiters and potential employers will definitely take notice of.
When it comes to the IT industry, keeping on top of things is important and demonstrates your willingness to learn. If you managed to follow the latest developments in technology while away from the work force, be sure to include this in your resume. You may have taken a few certification exams, some formal training, online courses, self-paced training… anything to show that you’ve been actively maintaining your skills.
Another thing that you can do is recreate your resume so it is not chronological, but rather functional. This will make the lull in your employment history appear less noticeable. You can then focus on the skills that you have acquired from your professional experiences.
When it comes to choosing the best candidate for a job, companies will likely choose someone who is not high risk. A potential employer may consider you to be high risk when they see an extended career break. From their perspective, what is to stop you from deciding to take another break three months from now? When it comes to the interview, it is important for you to dispel these thoughts. This can easily be done by providing a plausible and supportable explanation as to why you were not working.
Finally, when you do land the interview, be prepared to answer any questions about the career break. When formulating your responses, do so in a very positive light. For example, the career break may have allowed you time to refresh and refocus your career goals or allowed you to pursue a different side of yourself (such as your artistic and creative side).