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How to best explain an 18-month career gap due to severe and chronic illness? This illness is now well-controlled with medication and appropiate diet. 1) Not asked, don't tell? 2) Briefly explain in a cover letter? 3) Wait to be asked during the interview? 4) Data dump. 5) Succinct. 6) Letter from MD. 7) Invoke HIPAA privacy protection. Thanks for your attention.
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I gotta learn how to spell, especially the word "career."
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New post 22 Nov 2017, 07:01
RigelKent wrote:
I gotta learn how to spell, especially the word "career."


hehe.. I was gonna say the same, but you beat me to it.

Well, that's a VERY long Career gap. Buuut if it's cause you were sick, no one at all will ever hold it against you.

So I wouldn't worry... But I would explain it in an optional essay.
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Honestly, it sounds like this was a rough health period in your life and most Ad Comm will understand. Now the rest of your profile has to. be strong especially your work experience. I would not shy away from this. Explaining your work gap should be highlighted in the application form, optional essay, and interview
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New post 25 Nov 2017, 05:31
Put this in optional or additional information, as others mentioned. Be succinct as you always should be, but provide enough detail to assure them you were under a doctors care at the time, and that this wouldn't be am obstacle in the future. Look sincere and recruitable.

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