Be honest and succinct when explaining gaps in employment on your resume, experts advise in this blog post by journalist Hannah Seligson. Keep answers short and to the point and bring the conversation back to how you can help their institution, they suggest. Also, have stories ready to highlight how you used your skills during times of unemployment. "Even something like helping at your child's school or volunteering for a nonprofit can seem relevant," if framed appropriately, Seligson writes.

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