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# Gap in employment after univ degree

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02 Jan 2009, 04:56
Do I need to explain if there is a gap between my graduation day and 1st day of work?
I graduated March (I finish 1 quarter early, trying to save \$\$)...and I started work August.

or does this type of thing usually reserved for a gap in between 2 jobs?

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02 Jan 2009, 05:07
I had a similar situation - graduated in May, started work October 1. My approach varied by application. Some specifically said to explain gaps and so I added a brief explanation (e.g. "the job offer I accepted during college specified a start date of Oct 1, during the gap I studied for the CPA exam which I passed on my first attempt in Nov."). For the applications that didn't get so specific about work history I didn't include an explanation and just started my work history on Oct. 1. I think schools understand that many people don't start work the day after graduation, so they shouldn't hold it against you. Neither my Kellogg nor my Duke applications had an explanation for the gap, and I was admitted by both.
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02 Jan 2009, 08:03
I had a gap of 7 months after my undergrad.I prepared for GRE and TOEFL exams and applied to US schools for my Masters degree.During that time,I was selected for 3 interviews after a written test but they are not willing to hire me for few months.

Do I need to put an optional essay for this one?

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02 Jan 2009, 10:04
My understanding (and this could be wrong) is that if you have a gap of longer than 6 months, you should explain it. I don't think it necessarily has to go in the optional essay but you should find a way to work it into one of the other essays or your resume. Basically, the idea is to tell the adcom what you were doing during those months (e.g. studying, new hobby, etc) so they know you weren't slacking off.

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02 Jan 2009, 11:02
A lot of the applications that explicitly ask about gaps in employment ask about gaps longer than 3 months. So I would use 3 months as the drawn line warranting the optional essay. (I would consider post university, not just between jobs, as a gap needing explanation)
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