Hello All -
I was downsized in late 2008 and I am looking for some advice in how to re-vamp my resume in softening my gap.
This year, I had worked at two short term temp assignments (lasted two months each). The assignments basically assisted staff in catching up with work due to another staff member being on medical leave. I also recently started to work as a volunteer for a non-profit legal services organization (mostly helping the Development Director). I am also returning to school in September in re-taking some legal classes. The courses are taught through a local community college and the program is approved by the ABA. I figure since the job search is not going to plan, re-freshing my research and legal writing skills as well as taking courses in eDiscovery and Personal Injury/Malpractice would help.
I'm a little perplexed in how to go about explaining my gap on my resume. Unfortunately, 2009 was a wash due to health and family circumstances. I have been able to find some work, but I feel a little embarrassed that I only held two short term assignments in which both positions are unrelated to litigation and insurance law. Should I emphasize on course work and my volunteer experience instead? Prior to my layoff, I had a very stable work record of nearly 15 years in the legal field working as a paralegal for two major insurance companies.
One other issue: my last job (the one I was downsized from) removed me from the insurance industry. I would like to re-market myself in insurance (which most of my paralegal experience is from).
Thank you in advance.