How to Deal With Significant Resume Gaps

Dear Experts, I would like you to cover best way to cover significant resume gaps. Particularly with respect to online tools - but also how to deal with gaps in submitted materials to potential employers: cover letter language and resumes. In my case, the gap is about 8 years which is quite a while! I took advantage of a restructuring and after going through outplacement services then and going on many interviews and getting two solid job offers, zero decided that it was at a time I needed to devote to long overlooked family issues. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#198 Unearth ANY volunteering/association contributions performed during 8 yrs; if none, look inward...(@ValueIntoWords) Q#198 Identify what organizational/problem-solving, etc. skills u tapped while taking care of family issues. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#198 Taking some time for family/personal issues makes you NORMAL. Shouldn't be a prob 4 the right company. (@beneubanks) Q# 198 Agree w @ValueIntoWords 2 bridge 8 year res gap. List all volunteer, bartering, temp, contract pos held. (@kgrantcareers) Q#198 Address gap in covlet; why return now, ur motivation/commitment; how u kept skills up; value u'd add. (@juliaerickson) Q#198 Prep 4 interviews; rehearse answers 2 hard Qs til comfy/charge-neutral; emphasize how u'll help them. (@juliaerickson) Q#198 Large rez gap is diff to overshadow. You mention "going on many interviews" so is rez really a prob? (@teenarose) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.