The fact is: depending on what industry you are looking for a job in, reentering the workforce will be more difficult for some than others. Finding a job at an outdoor gear store or yoga studio with a resume gap might be a lot easier than going back to a law firm.
Regardless of how well you fill your resume gap after traveling, some managers will be more cautious when considering whether to hire you. You have to convince them there’s nothing to worry about. You have to show them your skills and expertise outweigh their concern and you are not just looking for a job to re-save money and leave.
Whether you actually are hoping to travel again is irrelevant.
So, how can you convince a job prospect that you are worth hiring? By weaning yourself in.
Instead of clamming up when you hear their concerns about your resume gap, offer an alternative. While you may want a full-time job, let them know you are happy to come on board for three months and circle back for review. Even offering a one-month test run might be appealing.
In fact, when I nailed my first job after the recession and a one year employment dry spell, I applied for an internship in response to the lack of available jobs. During my interview we discussed doing a 30-day test run in consideration for a paid position and after a successful one-day trial, I had a full-time job.
I knew they were concerned about my resume. I knew they were on a tight budget. But I also knew I would do great if given the chance so was willing to agree to a test run -- and it offered me the opportunity to impress my employer.
Save this wild card for emergencies though; you don’t want to offer a trial if you don’t need to!