Some sample reasons:
• Caring for a young child
• Caring for a sick family member
• Any medical or health issue
• Pursuing further education or going back to school
• Pursuing any other type of professional training
• Taking time off to travel, study, work on a solo project, etc.
• Trying to start a business or freelance career
• Your former company downsized its staff in an attempt to cut costs, and you had to spend time finding a job after being laid off
Explain the situation clearly but briefly. They don’t need a ton of personal details. Just give them the core facts.
Show that the situation has ended or is no longer a factor, so they won’t be worried you’ll have to take another break from working. If they hire you, they want to know you’re 100% ready to work for them.
Reiterate your interest in their position and bring the focus back onto this job interview and this position.
“I had to resign from my previous position to care for an aging family member. I did this for the past year. ......
...... Since then, I have hired a full-time caregiver, so I no longer need to be present, and am fully available to work now and in the future. ......
...... Therefore, I’ve begun job searching and I’m focused on finding an executive assistant position that will help me advance my career further now."
• “I was laid off （被解僱）ten months ago. I started my job search immediately after, and I’m looking for sales manager positions now to continue advancing my career. I’ve had a number of interviews but haven’t found the right fit （找不到合適的）yet. One thing I’m looking for is a chance to mentor （指導）and train team members and manage a team directly. I saw that mentioned on the job description （職位簡介）for this position. Do you mind telling me more about that?”
• “I spent some time as the primary caretaker in my family. During that time, I was able to be there for my family but always knew I wanted to return to work. I’m ready to do that now.”
• “My former employer underwent a restructuring （重整結構）and my position had been eliminated（取消／廢除）. To be honest, it was a difficult time. But I left with the confidence that I had developed important skills there and built strong relationships with my managers and colleagues. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to apply those experiences in my next job.”
• “I was able to take some time off work to focus on myself. It was a time that prepared me to take on new challenges（迎接新挑戰）. I’m incredibly excited about the opportunities that lie ahead（即將到來的機會）, such as this position.”