How do you address a gap in education (i.e., a few years between undergrad and grad school) on your CV? I've read that it's helpful to include what you were up to during those years, but what if your job was completely unrelated to your current field? Thanks!
Date: 02 Oct 2012 13:21
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I was in the same position as you. While I did not specify what I did during my gap (2 years). I did put the dates for which I was working on my degree. For instance:
I figure that way folks know how long I took for each degree and thus do not assume it took me 4 years to earn my MA
I also agree with Cooper. I would also add that I don't think anyone will find a gap between undergrad and grad a problem. Lots of people take time off to explore their options, work a job for a while, get some research experience, and so on. If what you did between undergrad and grad happens to be relevant (e.g., you worked as a lab manager), then it seems appropriate to include that on your CV.
What IS a problem, as I understand it, is a gap between grad school and a job/post-doc, and a gap in your publishing record. Those might need to be explained in a cover letter, or by one of your letter writers.