What is the best way to explain gaps in employment on your resume?

What is the best way to explain gaps in employment on your resume?  It depends on your situation and what you did while you were not employed. Not all resume gaps are indications of a poor job search. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for breaks between jobs. For instance, during periods when there is an industry-wide or economic recession and the availability of jobs on the market is scarce, employers will understand that you were out of work due to circumstances beyond your control.

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