Laid off? Took time for a career change, long term unemployment, at-home periods (parenting, illness, or family member care), worked part-time or temp-to-hire?

LinkedIn blogged on best ways to explain this on your profile almost 9 years ago and it still rings true, so I want to share it. Share it with others too. You must know someone who can benefit from this.

Tell your story, proudly and factually. Explain why these choices were made. Get the so-called elephant out of the room and tell us why in all you did, do, or want to do next in your career.

This makes that portion of the interview easier too, you’ll see.