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3 years gap in professional IT experience

 
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I have 3 years gap in my professional IT experience.actually i have 4 years of experience in IT.
Can any body give suggestion how to fill that gap.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.
Do you have documented proof for the experience?Is there a reason for the gap? What were you doing during the gap?
 
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I have documented proof for my experience.because of my family problems and my father unhealthiness,i left my job and i looked after my father's business.
now all my problems solved.i want to start my career again.please suggest the best solution for me.
 
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If you have an authentic reason, I don't see why you can't provide that.

From an employer's point of view, I might be worried about you being out of touch. Technology changes fast after all. Were you actively coding during this interlude? If yes maybe you can provide some details to the employer. If not, it might be a good idea to bring yourself upto date.
 
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A lot changes in 3 years like Maneesh pointed out. Try to find ways of proving that your current knowledge is up to date and that you can get up and running quickly. Employers will worry about you being out of touch with development related activities
 
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I don't agree with the "being out of touch because a lot's changed" argument. This type of thing is the sort of BS that makes it hard for IT professionals to switch from one technology to another. If you can program in an OO language using a particular framework, then you can easily learn to program in another OO language or framework, simple as that.

Likewise, if you've been out of IT for three years and you knew what you were doing before then, it'll all come back to you in no time. If you'd been working in a slightly different area of work to your potential new role for the last three years you'd be in exactly the same position.

There are too many talented people who have to try hard to convince employers to give them jobs because their CVs don't make it look like they can "hit the ground running".
 
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i heard that employers wont offer jobs to those who are having above 2 years gap in professional experience.nowdays when employees not currently working,short-listing resume itself is very difficult(almost not considered for shortlisting).please give your valuable suggestions.
 
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Some points from my experience and my friends experience.

Please don't highlight the fact you were not in industry for three years. HRs are not tech people.

Start sending the resumes. Meanwhile you can start developing a project or look for small project work from rent a coder etc.

 
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rajareddya reddy wrote:
now all my problems solved.



Sorry just couldn't help thinking...... .... if family and father were your problems, I wonder what did you do with them?
 
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goitya potiya wrote:

rajareddya reddy wrote:
now all my problems solved.



Sorry just couldn't help thinking...... .... if family and father were your problems, I wonder what did you do with them?



I don't think there is anything wrong or funny here. It was all about the momentary thing where he needed to pay his complete attention towards family because his father was ill.


I wonder what did you do with them?



What would you do when you are in his situation?

Kindly understand the human emotions/feelings. Atleast better NOT to play with them if you don't respect.
 
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I think Megan's hit on a good point there: "HRs are not tech people". I have a friend in a similar situation and his main hurdle is to get agencies to pass on his CV to employers - agencies being in the same vein as HR in many respects.

We all know that honesty's the best policy, but I think if agencies / employers' HR departments won't play fair, then you just have to give them a few economical truths to get past them to the interview stage. Most reasonable techies will recognise ability and would surely be sympathetic to your situation.
 
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Hello RajaRajya Reddy,

As other ranchers had suggested, I too agree with the main crux of their replies.

Being out of touch is not a matter at all. There are people whom I heard have been switching one technology to another completely for their own reasons. In such cases, they are certainly new to the domain/technology/area and they have to start from the scratch.

The IT industry is mainly concerned of business and whoever is eligible enough to serve them, they are considered. Thats all.

However, you can very well upgrade yourself into the latest trends in the technologies whichever you had been using so as to prepare yourself for the market. Justifying the absence in the middle would just appear simpler

Wishing you a very good luck.

Do let me know if I can help you in any better ways

Cheers,
Raghavan alias Saravanan M
 
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Raghavan Muthu wrote:



I don't think there is anything wrong or funny here. It was all about the momentary thing where he needed to pay his complete attention towards family because his father was ill.

Me neither.




Raghavan Muthu wrote:
What would you do when you are in his situation?

Kindly understand the human emotions/feelings. Atleast better NOT to play with them if you don't respect.


There are many things I would do. The best follows;

I would..... a) When applied or interviewed for the job would explain to the prospective employer the reasons for the gap. Understandably, if the employer has the knack for those.... "human emotions/feelings" will be able to give me the opportunity or I would just politely ask him to shove-up the job in his back-side.

 
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thanks muthu and raghavan for your suggestions
 
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I had six months GAP while taking a new Job. HR asked why i had GAP of 6 months?. I told that i was looking over my family business. But disadvantage is that you have to compromise in package.

Don't worry you will get a Job, Try to update yourself with latest in your current field.Study interview questions as well.


Best Of Luck



 
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Don't resort to showing fake experiences. You might have to start with just 1 year of experience, and compromise with the package, but if you are good enough you would rise fast. ATB
 
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It may be worthwhile to get in touch with the people you used to work with. Your colleagues/manager from your last job can be of help if they are hiring in their team.
 
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