What Doris wrote
Hi Ronnie Ann,
I worked last back in 2013, and I recently started looking to work again. I understand its been quite a while. The reason was that I got married, had a baby and now I just keep myself busy by helping my sister who has a small childcare.
How should I let each employer know about this gap and should I mention to them that I have been managing Documentation and other office related stuff. In addition my main question is should I wait for the selection for an interview or mention them while I’m applying?
My reply to Doris
Not sure what kind of job you’re going for, but employers hate mysterious gaps. So I would come up with a way to show the time on your cover letter (if allowed) and resume. You want to emphasize transferable skills, like the ones you mention — especially those that relate well to the next job.
I found this great article about cover letters for returning parents that offers good tips:
And here’s one from the same website that shows how to handle a section in a resume. This resume is for an admin assistant, but the idea works for others:
Or, maybe you can just add a recent section called Part-time Work / Parental Leave, and again use the same concepts for showing your many skills used during that time.
You may also want to read this article from Career Nook that offers some tips about how to get back into the job market after a long gap. The initial situation is not yours, but the tips are for anyone:
~ Ronnie Ann