• Courtney Kirschaum

How to handle a work history gap

In 1973, Revlon gave the biggest modeling contract in history to Lauren Hutton. 

If you remember anything about Hutton, it’s probably the gap between her front teeth.

60's era models were valued for fitting into a pretty consistent mold, which included perfectly straight teeth.

Photo: Greg Plom on pixabay

When modeling agents said the gap was the reason she wasn't getting jobs, Hutton used mortician’s wax to conceal it. Voilá she started getting jobs.

She was as unremarkable as can be without it, but pleasing and conventional enough to get modeling jobs.

But when she stopped hiding her gap, she becomes one in a million.


Memorable across decades. 

Gap shaming is stupid. Here's what you can do.

We’ve had two recessions in two decades. We all have gaps, although, usually not at the same time. 

You don’t have to justify how you allocate your time to recruiters or employers. 

The good ones have seen enough candidates to know it's pretty typical. Life happens. 

If you have a “gap” in your work history, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Feeling self-conscious is outdated and unnecessary (and is almost always worse than the gap itself.)

  • You have a right to a private life and to choose how you spend your time.

  • You don't have to justify or explain it. 

  • You can tell your story anyway you want. 

Was Lauren Hutton lying when she filled her gap with mortician's wax?  

No, it was a business decision. You have a right to craft your look too.

One client used her gap story as a tool to make a complete career change and land a high-paying job in a new field. 

Use it in the right way, you've got a trampoline, not a trap. 

Learn how to flip your gap from a handicap to a hard-core, reputation building, brand enhancing asset to raise your value. 

This month, for the next few days, you can learn how tell your story and close the gaps or celebrate them.

Get your Booster Shot while you still can. Tell me your gap story in the comments and let's flip it.

I'll share my "Movie Star" method. An easy response that lets you control the story and raise your stature with just a few words. 

Get it while it’s here, cause it won’t be for long.

If you're a procrasintator, beware. The clock's ticking down. 


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