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    vinley811 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 25, 2010, 08:12 PM
    Returning to work after 4 year gap, and receiving SSDI. How to explain this on resume
    Four years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety due to a personal issue. Started receiving SSDI in 2007 due to these conditions. I now have completely resolved these problems and am ready to return to work full force. As you may guess, the enormous employment gap compounded with the past medical issues are very detrimental to my return. I need any and all advice on how to explain this on a resume to keep me from getting passed up for an interview or a job. Thanks for the help...
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    Mar 25, 2010, 08:46 PM

    I would recommend that you not share this information with your potential employers. They have no need to know about your health concerns, whether mental or physical, and do not need to know how you have been supporting yourself. When you start a job I would still not share this information with anyone at work - it's very personal and should only be shared on a need-to-know basis. Nobody at work "needs to know".

    Rather I would just give some innocuous reason you have taken time off from work such as, "taking a few years to focus on my family's needs". Or you can say, "I had the opportunity to take a few years off and took the opportunity". If you have anything productive to show for the time such as additional education or travel or volunteer work or anything of the kind, you can mention it if you like.

    You will get passed up for a lot of job interviews and don't be discouraged - it has less to do with this issue than a flooded job market. Expect your search to take a long time and don't let yourself get discouraged! Some people apply to dozens or even hundreds of jobs before they get called into an interview, and I've known some people who've been to dozens of interviews before getting an acceptable offer, so just be patient.
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    Mar 25, 2010, 08:49 PM

    Create a functional/job skills resumes that shows off what you can do, not where you've been and how long.
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    Apr 11, 2011, 11:56 PM
    A Resume must be designed to sell your skills, knowledge, and experience to an employer so that the concerned person will invite you for an interview.
    This link will help you.

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