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How Do I Explain the Gap in My Résumé?
Pursuing long-postponed goals can be great for your psyche; in some cases, it can also be helpful during job interviews. "Employers want to hear that you engaged in experiences that expanded your skill set," says career coach Kathy Caprino. "When I was an executive recruiter," says Erica Keswin, who's worked with J.P. Morgan, Starbucks and the NFL, "I was always interested in bold people who took risks. Taking time to find your purpose can pay off."