Do people care about large career gaps?

New / Eng shok35
Feb 9 22 Comments

I have a 7 year gap on my resume where my mental health was in the toilet. I have two yrs experience since resuming.

Do people care? I have 2 yrs experience before the gap. Do I have 4 years experience or would most people only count the after? Trying to figure out where my TC should be is a pain. Especially as I work at a teeny startup as the first employee, i have no idea what % of share in the company I should consider reasonable.

Currently at 80 base and 1%

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  • VMware BobbleHat
    Yoe is not the way to measure your comp. look at what level of responsibility and impact you can make.
    Feb 9 4
    • Visa
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      byrdmore
      This. I know some engineers with 1 yoe, that are way better and more impactful than some with 10 years of "experience"
      Feb 9
    • New / Eng shok35
      OP
      I mean make me CTO and ill have an impact. Just not sure it's the good kind.
      Feb 9
    • VMware BobbleHat
      Why not. Find a couple partners to create a business and you will be the cto.
      Feb 9
    • New / Eng shok35
      OP
      I took 7 years out, you think i have finances for that? I wish! My current ceo is aware of my agressive goals for myself though, one of the reasons he hired me
      Feb 9
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    You have 2 yoe then. Yes, a 7 year gap would be concerning
    Feb 9 6
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      From the paycheck grabber on the other post?
      Feb 9
    • New / Eng shok35
      OP
      even after 2 years? is it going to blight me for the rest of my career?
      Feb 9
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      2 years is not long. Expect it to come up
      Feb 9
    • Capital One RE5PECT
      Lol you say paycheck grabber like you work for charity
      Feb 11
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      Trust me, a 7 year employment gap is a problem. I would certainly ask about it and be suspicious of the reasons.
      Feb 11
  • Capital One RE5PECT
    Four years. The two you had before the gap are still experience. And since you’ve been working two since I wouldn’t see it as a real issue.

    The most important point is that YOE is largely all an arbitrary number for the purposes of job descriptions.
    Feb 9 1
  • Capital One / Eng SnappleGuy
    You have 4 YOE.

    Before somebody replies with “WRONG” hear me out...

    If you didn’t take the gap years, you would have 11 years of experience. Do people with 11 years of experience not count the early years because technology has changed so much? No, they count it because they likely still grew their skill set and soft skills during that time. Also, when you learn something once it’s much easier to brush up than it is to learn for the first time.

    Luckily, jobs usually ask for 3+ or 5+ years of experience and you definitely don’t have 5 so I say go for the mid level position. Good luck!
    Feb 9 0
  • Oracle fatalflaw
    You could have 1 yoe repeated for 15 years. It's your skill, attitude, and what you bring to the table that should matter. That's how I look at candidates.
    Feb 9 0
  • Google / Other
    snidely

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    snidelymore
    Fill the gap with a fake job. Say you were self employed as a consultant. Nobody can prove you weren't. . Make up a believable story and practice it forward and backward until you believe it yourself. Put up a web site for your "services" if you want. Never mention anything about mental health issues or you'll never get hired.
    Feb 9 1
    • Intel ~
      Easy to look up when a website was created though
      Feb 9
  • New / Eng
    hYw82bsos

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    hYw82bsosmore
    Too large of a gap. You have 2 years.
    Feb 9 1
    • Yelp AE45Fyr
      Tech changes a lot in 7 years. So you are effectively starting over. Accept you are at two and focus on growing from there.
      Feb 9
  • Google rubbishing
    I generally question the gap specially because I want to know whether people still have the drive to succeed at the job. Many time people lose interest because of a gap and then don't do well at job. Of course I am not trying to generalize and I have found people to be even more motivated after gaps.
    Feb 9 0
  • New DNWELL
    it depends a lot on the startup. i’ve been offered 0.5 % as a first employee and the same year got 2.5% from a better starup as a 5’th. 19yoe
    Feb 9 0