LinkedIn looks at more career break options on the platform

The employment platform, LinkedIn, rolled out an update that offers maximum options in the bar allowing you to select the closest reason for your career gap.

Nearly half a billion families are impacted soon after they plan to have a baby. They are struggling to find reliable long-term child care by staying at home which adds to other labor shortages. The report says that those families may also be finding other arrangements. Lower pay is one issue with recruiting and keeping daycare workers, so people take career breaks, especially women. Nearly 22 percent of women go for career breaks because of parenting, 17 percent due to medical reasons, and 14 percent due to psychological issues. LinkedIn’s break experts believe mostly women workers opt for career breaks as compared to men. New findings from LinkedIn show about half of the hiring managers think that career gaps are becoming frequent. The statistics show while taking career breaks, women learned self-awareness (34%), patience and tolerance (32%), problem-solving skills (31%), Time-management (30%), and so on. Career experts say that now you have the opportunity to highlight these skills on your resume and specifically mention them during face-to-face interviews. You’ll have to tell the boss about the services and skills that you can offer in your new job.

This feature is pretty easy. It works very similarly to adding a new position. The difference is that instead of having a place where you can type the company, you select the type of career break, but you will see broader options that may not be relevant, but they may be relevant to others' bereavement. The options include Career transition caregiving full-time parenting, personal growth, health and fitness as well as professional development, relocation, retirement, travel, and volunteering. So pick the one that is more relevant to you. You have to put in the start month if you wish, but you have to put in the start year and then if you want to turn off the other positions you could rewrite your reason and further mention the description story about why you are on a career break. You can explain the reason which is relevant to you or relevant to your career. I would recommend you not to leave that space blank.

Moreover, as mentioned above, LinkedIn is seeing more job postings in the U.S. that mention the career gap. In 2021 those postings were up 63% from 2020. So the experts were working on this feature and now, starting from today, LinkedIn is making it even easier to share the context around your career break.

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