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Your résumé is one of the most important tools in your job-search kit.

Whether you’re a recent college grad or someone planning a career move, this slip of paper (or virtual document) must be polished if you want to impress hiring managers.

These career marketing tools often leave even experienced professionals scratching their heads, though.

Here are answers to a few common questions and how to make your CV work for you:

It can be hard to sell this as a positive experience to a potential employer, but it can be done. Explain the benefits or life experience you gained from this time, and it could even be a good conversation starter during an interview.

In her piece for The Balance Careers, Madeline Burry lays out “How to Explain a Gap Year on Your Résumé.” She also shares examples of how to add them to your résumé.

Here is one way she says you could market this “time off”:

List your gap year under experience

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