What are the social norms for explaining a career gap? Evidence from preliminary research on LinkedIn shows that the ways in which people publicly display their time away from a formal workplace setting vary wildly. Overall the patterns indicate that time off from work was primarily due to either caregiving responsibilities or personal growth.
Career gap evidence
I created a spreadsheet with as many terms as I could think of that involve time away from the workforce. For example, some of these terms were “stay-at-home” “stay-at-home-mom” or “stay-at-home-dad” I like this description, it is unapologetic about time away from work. It clearly didn’t put a dent in the candidate’s career even though the time away was substantial.