If someone asks you to explain the gap in your resume, just say "I can't answer that without violating an NDA."
It's a really cool way to tell them to fuck off. They don't have to know that the NDA was issued by you to you, and signed by you on behalf of you.
@Arcana obligatory warning that I am not very smart and while a broken clock is right twice a day, you shouldn't take my advice blindly
(and thank you)
@minervissa all i can say was the state department was watching me closely. true, verifiable so, and you know, the implication
Security reviewed, assigned SO, approved <date>.
Security reviewed, assigned SO, edits requested, edits approved <date>.
Some folks have to get their resumes reviewed and approved periodically by their assigned security officer to make sure they're not leaking dangerous details on their CV (remember the idiots who put the compartments they were read into on LinkedIn?). So, if an interviewer asks you can say "I'm sorry, I'm not allowed to talk about that, I can't be more specific."
@minervissa scared this will get popular that the employers will start to smell bs like they did with "answer your weaknesses as strengths just turned around"
@kambing If they pry, there's like a 3% chance you're actually a government agent and they'll end up in big legal trouble.
@minervissa "I'm not sure the statue of limitations has expired, sorry" also works when people start probing into Background
@minervissa I have a friend who worked at GAP. I always dreamed of interviewing them and asking "can you explain the GAP in your resume?"
Or you could just not have gaps? I've heard of my friends doing this, and I have also declined to go into detail due to an NDA. But knowing this trick, I know that it's always possible to answer what the interviewer really wants to know (your personality). The size of the gap you cover easily indicates a cop-out.
@colinl How do you "just not have gaps"? Is this some magical lifehack right up there with being born upper class?
No, I'm sorry- I didn't mean that one's life choices may not valid. I simply mean that a resume should not be misleading. I'm assuming you mean excessively broad language, rather than chronological gaps.
@colinl I meant chronological. As in, a period of time spent doing something other than being employed.
@minervissa Thank you for the excellent career advice. I have such gaps, and, when asked how I filled them, get embarrassed. HaHaHaHa!!!!
@minervissa As someone who regularly has to ask people about gaps in their resume, I give this answer two thumbs up.