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

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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!! 🍀

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This made me feel much better

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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