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Quick question. I've made some good investments over the years and I'm thinking about selling some of them, quitting my job, and taking it easy for a few months. Spend time with the kids, work on fun interesting side projects, and properly prepare for job interviews. Let's say in 3-4 months time I'm interviewing somewhere and I'm asked why I've not been working for the past months; and I just lay it like it is. Would you think that would be a seen as a negative thing? Also wondering if they'd think I'd been fired and that was an excuse.


I wouldn't worry about it at all. HR people, like all other, are unpredictable. Some will not care, some will think that it's great, some will hate it.




Just say you were "pursuing side projects", a foolproof answer


This is where I say honesty pays out, if they don't like it, you probably want to know that so you don't get hired somewhere where there is such a great possibility of friction.


I would put it in my CV as a distinct time period, explaining what it was I was doing. This way you’re upfront and as @U0VQ4N5EE says if people object to taking time off you dodge the bullet early :)


In my past, I've taken quite long extended breaks, i.e., months and months and months, to travel the world and see things. When asked I explained that. It hasn't prevented me from finding work after that. There's so much more to life than sitting in front of a computer until you die. I believe most HR/recruiters/companies understand that 🙂 The ones that don't aren't worth your time.


I have never been asked for gaps between jobs on my cv, in most case hr doesn't care


as long as we're not talking 10 years break


US centric data point: I’ve taken two 1-year breaks from work, and no one has ever asked about them when applying for jobs.


"Of course I take breaks - how else would I have made it into Clojure?"

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When I review candidate’s resumes, I am not looking for gaps and I am likely to ignore them. However, people put in sabbatical in their resumes from time to time. I wouldn’t consider it an issue if it is only 3-4 mths.


No length of sabbatical should be an issue, unless it's digital taylorism. 😣


I haven't put dates on my CV for a long time now as I don't consider them relevant. So would put a break from work on the CV. If duration is important to someone, the information is on LinkedIn. I include a link to my LinkedIn profile on the CV. I am open about what I do with my time if asked, but unless I did something relevant to the job I am applying for it's not put on the CV. I only use 2 pages for my CV and can't fit everything I have done on there...


I would put it only if the goal of the sabbatical was somehow relevant to the job I am applying for.

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But leaving off dates, that's a nice idea, thank you 🙂

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