How do potential employers look at a 4-6 month career break? Been at current job for less than a year and is mentally draining. I want to re-evaluate my career

Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at

Don’t worry about a future employers perception of a break / personal sabbatical. If any employer wants to hold that against a candidate then that company isn’t deserving of the best talent. People take sabbaticals for many reasons: birth of a baby, travel, any general reason and you dont owe anyone an explanation of how you live your life. We all need a break…Best of luck!! 🍀


This made me feel much better


I took a year off once to heal from serious burnout and to travel. I have it on my resume as „Sabbatical” and it almost never comes up in interviews.


I literally did this this year, in part because of some family stuff but also because I just needed a break. I've been interviewing for the last few months and if it comes up, which it often doesn't, I just explain that I took "temporary retirement" for a few months to spend more time with family and catch my breath. Usually get a chuckle when I explain it that way and everyone I've talked to seems to understand and move on quickly from it.


Do whatever you have to do for your health, your health comes first!


I took 4 months off before my last job search and none of the big companies cared - landed at FAANG with multiple job offers. Only a small scale really bad recruiter asked about it and I was way overqualified for her job and not interested anyways.

If asked I just said I’ve been taking some courses to build up my technical skills & (if changing career fields/pivoting) figure out what I really want to do.


Just lie in the interviews and say you’re still working for past employer. Don’t even bring up the sabbatical. I’ve done this a few times—at major brand name companies. They rarely run employment background checks, usually just criminal ones.


Definitely don’t do this, I’ve had such extensive background checks with exact dates and verifications. It’s never worth it to lie


Don't write exact dates in your resume. You can just write years.


Related Posts

At my old firms when I would be using excel and modeling using the font schemes (blue, green, black for hardcode, link, and formula) I could use the “control shift ;” to shift through the schemes. My new firm doesn’t do this. Does anyone know why the shortcut would be different and how I can add it back?


Curious what niche fields you all are aware of. I started my practice a few months ago, focusing on business lit and transactions. I’ve had success, but I feel like I need to zero in on a specialty and direct my marketing that way. So I’m just curious what niche fields are out there. Thoughts?


What’s your fav zabiha and non-halal, non zabiha food when you’re traveling for work?


I am buying a preowned 114060 sub. Prices seem to be all over the map. What is a fair price for a full kit 114060, bought from an AD? Warranty card is dated April 2020....maybe a silly question, does


I’m current MBA student and I’m looking for financial analyst and treasury analyst positions in Philadelphia. I’m trying to determine if I want to work for a Big 4 firm that has an office in Philly or a private business like Comcast. What are the primary differences between working for a Big 4 versus a private business.


South Florida Law Firm hiring Pre-Litigation Paralegal. Successful Law Firm looking to hire Pre-Lit Paralegal experienced in personal injury to handle new cases from inception to litigation if necessary. Must understand PI process and have general PI knowledge, and be able to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment. Must be responsible, efficient, and organized. Bilingual (Spanish speaking) is a plus but not mandatory to interview for position.


Currently an analyst in LevFin looking to make a move to PE in the future - but have been going through the “Team” pages of PE firms and seeing mostly M&A / Coverage analysts. How difficult is it for non-M&A IBD analysts to make it to PE?


Wondering if I should start a business supporting applicants. FWIW I graduated MBA2014 from London Business School, interviewed 20+ admits and helped countless more breakdown their application approach (identify unique selling points for essays, review essays, should they resit GMAT, how to get off waitlist - which I did, etc). What do you need the most help with? What would you be willing to pay? How much support time do you think you need?


Saw this on sale. Is this a good watch?

Post Photo

Does anyone have a recommendation of a company/vendor that enhances audio in a video and can also transcribe it?

Larsen & Toubro Infotech Since how many days have you been on the bench after joining with LTI ?

Larsen & Toubro Infotech ,LTI Information Technology , Ltts


Is there a way we start a corporate cricket team for ZS ( season ball cricket) delhi office.
Can we reach someone out to spread this message to larger audience? If someone reading this is interested, do ping me we can initiate this together.


Anyone here part of Deloitte ITQCS?

Happy Holidays everyone! How's the job market in NY?


What will be inhand for 21.5 fixed??


Good evening! Is anyone at DLA in the New York office and wouldn’t mind discussing an open position there and the firm’s culture? Would love to get some insights. Thanks!


I feel like women can slip on yoga pants/shorts and instantly add a few attraction points. Ladies, what can men be doing to up their attraction like that?


Any Austin Texas females here…? (Male 🐠)


I completely forgot about a bill of $100 that was coming from my last healthcare provider. They sent me notices at my old address and then got sent to collections for non payment. But all correspondence was at my last address. So I missed everything. Until I saw my credit report and saw the delinquent account reported. What can I do? Ask for pay for delete? My score dropped 20 points just for that. I want to apply for a mortgage in the next 6-7 months :(. Please help


I was promoted to manager 1 last year. What is the % hike i can expect this year. What is the salary range of managers? Service line : tech consulting


Additional Posts in Jobs in Tech

Anyone have any valuable insight on the interview process for Enterprise AE with Glassdoor?
How long is it? Do you do a presentation as part of the process?
I received an invite for an interview and I’m very excited. For reference I am a SAE with Indeed so I hope, if chosen, the transition will be smooth.

Currently at the end of the interview process for a job in Colorado that has salary posted for $115-190k and the recruiter told me that the salary range they had in mind is 130-150k , they told me they probably wouldn’t be able to go any higher. Any advice ?


I'm so anxious about a tech position and I dont know where to place this anxiety. I'm on the last part of the interviewing process and I got an email from the recruiter tonight to have a phone call tomorrow with them. I don't know what it's about, but now I'm on edge.


Anybody working at Raymond James in Technology, let me know how is the culture there overall?


Hey got a question for anyone and everyone! My sister is looking for a job. She’s been out of the job market for a while (5 years) to be a stay at home mom and with the economy, is looking to get back in it. My job isn’t hiring. Qualifications in comments


I’ve been a project manager (delivery focused) for 8 years now and have worked across multiple companies / teams as I am a contractor. Lately I’ve been feeling really bored in my roles and not challenged enough. I’ve previously loved what I do but now I feel indifferent towards my role. I’m worried if I look for more senior PM roles I will feel the same. What other options could I explore and has anyone else had a similar experience?


What is the best tech track to go into for highly paid temporary contract work?


I’m currently doing a five months bootcamp to become a front-end web developer. I would like to move to Berlin in a few months to find an internship (i don’t speak German). Do you think it’s doable and what would be the salary for an internship in Berlin?


What'd be the total comp for a director of product design at Meta?

I’m having job conversations with MLB and would love to get some insight on the culture, salary growth, professional growth, etc.


I’m looking to transition from my current sales role (purely operational) to a more creative/strategic role that involves public speaking/facilitation. Have some experience in sales development (mainly business development & strategic advice to C-level), branding/marketing, facilitation (as a side-job) and working with content creators.

I’m new to this space so not sure about what kind of roles there are?


I wanted to get people's opinions on leetcode, codewars etc when prepping for interviews. I am a junior full stack dev looking to move to a better paying junior role or a mid role and honestly these style of questions have always stumped me. I have found that in a year of work to have never found them useful in tackling real world issues. Now I'm moving from a junior to a mid can I still expect leetcode style questions?

I work mainly with react, TS, node, graphql, mongoose and mongoDB.


Are Google , IBM , Meta learning certificates, worth it? Do they really impress employers? If had an IBM data science certificate without any experience for example what type of role can expect or should I expect any?


Anyone in Vancouver want a Programmer Analyst role doing data conversion from Oracle into WD? UBC is a great employer that pays well for Vancouver / Canada and the work is remote, though you have to be in Canada. 4 weeks vacation and benefits start on day 1


I'm a Cloud Engineer w/ 8 YoE on a company sponsored visa in UK. Trying to switch jobs and so far after 125 applications for the last 3 months - only 3 interview calls which I didn't get. 46 not considered, 49 haven't replied or job listing expired. Awaiting response from 24 and 3 interviews scheduled.

Is this a bad time to switch or is it my profile or skillset? I updated my CV, did all I could to get shortlisted but isn't helping much.

Any tips? I'm losing my confidence day by day :(


Looking for a Google referral for an internship in product management. Happy to share my resume and discuss my qualifications. Any tips from recruiters are appreciated! Google


TD - Two weeks back completed two rounds in interview on the same week. They said they were satisfied and will be in touch. But no response yet. Will I hear from them? I just need reply irrespective of the outcome.

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here


Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site


Download the
Fishbowl app

See what’s happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

A phone with Fishbowl app

Send download link to your phone


Scan your QR code to download
Fishbowl app on your mobile

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Messaging rates may apply

Download app

Sign up for free to view this conversation on Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Already have an account? Log in

Sign up for free to continue using Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use(New) and Privacy Policy(New)
Messaging rates may apply

Already have an account? Log in

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or