I've been out of work for about a year due to complications from Covid. Finally back on my feet but I'm wondering if I should be honest about why I was gone, or will that be a red flag for future employers?

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Not the same exact problem but I'm wondering the same thing. I've been out of work for about a year after my wife had a tough pregnancy and needed me around more. I'm worried recruiters will think I'm likely to take more time off for family stuff when this was really a one-time, unexpected kind of thing. I feel like as a man I get judged more for taking time off for family.

Health problems are tough. I feel it depends a lot on the company culture.

From an HR standpoint, I would tell the truth.

As a career coach for nearly 2 decades. I recommend to all of my clients to tell the truth, but make it a good story… a gap in your résumé is explained easily if you take the time to write out the way you want to explain it so that you deliver it flawlessly in the interview. I've worked with clients who have taken several months off because of health or family issues, and I recently worked with a client who took six years off to be a stay at home dad while his wife was the breadwinner. He did not have a hard time getting back into the workforce. He had a great and engaging story to tell in the interview. Good Luck!

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