I was laid off just over nine months ago. This is the ABSOLUTE longest I have gone without paid employment since I started working at 15 1/2. Seriously, I am a worker bee.
During high school and college it was not uncommon for me to have several jobs. The more I had to do the more I got done. At one point I worked SEVEN part time jobs logging more than 70 hours a week while attending college full time. This girl is NOT afraid of a little work.
What I am afraid of though, is how an extended gap is going to look on my resume. How will I answer when I get asked "so what have you been doing?" Is a potential employer going to understand that living 1231 miles from your spouse, trying to keep your house show ready and being a single parent to 3 children was a full time job?
I would love to volunteer but have yet to find a place that will allow me to bring my little StinkBug. I DO NOT have anyone to trade child care with on a regular basis and I don't have the funds to pay for child care just so I can donate my time.
I'm scared that my resume gap is going to be a deal breaker. Scared they won't like my answers to the question "what have you been doing?"