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The top cited reasons for gaps in employment are family-related, including taking time off to raise a family; maternity/paternity leave; and needing to take care of a sick family member or friend. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s not uncommon to have periods in your adult life when you’re not working – just find ways to leverage how you spent your time to convince a prospective employer you’re the best fit for your next job.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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