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Explaining Employment Gap [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2014, 14:50
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I have researched the topic thoroughly, but wanted to get additional perspectives from GMATClub members. I left my job in June after 3.5 years to pursue a career in the auto industry. I was previously employed with a large international firm doing consulting. Upon reflecting on life, I determined that I wanted to pursue the auto industry and left my job to get exposure to the auto industry through dealership events, car shows, blogging, contacting key firms to learn about energy recovery systems, etc. After 2 months, I still do not have a job, but I have completed a myriad of activities to gain experience. However, these items are not reflected in my resume. I will certainly highlight my activities in my essay, but I would like additional points to consider. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Explaining Employment Gap [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2014, 15:43
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Hi Millis,

Thanks for sharing your information. I reviewed your background similar to when I was in admissions.

Honestly, I commend you for leaving a lucrative career to pursue your passion in the auto industry. I really wish that there were more candidates who would consider doing what you have done. You have already demonstrated three leadership traits - risk-taking, driven, and tenacious - which the AdComms will love to read about in your applications.

I would strongly suggest that you not be concerned about the employment gap as it is only a few months. However, be prepared to share the passion that you possess for the auto industry and in the manner in which it led you to leave your job. I speak from experience. Last year, I worked with two candidates who left their careers to pursue their passion. Unbeknownst to them, they were perceived favorably at the top-tier programs to which they applied.

Yes, this will also need to be effectively communicated in your resume. I strongly suggest that you revamp your resume to highlight your work prior to leaving your position and the activities which you have completed during this the employment gap. The only other thing to keep in mind is that you will need to provide strong recommendations from former managers. This is to demonstrate that you departed successfully on your own terms and with strong relationships in tact.

Hope this helps. If you want to speak directly with any of our admits at the top 10 US programs, please send me a PM at any point.

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