CHICAGO (CBS)– As CBS 2 continues Working for Chicago, we’re working with a career coach every week to bring you advice about looking for and landing a job.

This week Lynee Alves, president of Interview Like An Expert, dives into the best ways to address being laid off and big gaps in employment during an interview.

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“They best way to address a layoff, if you’re asked about it in a job interview, is to address it head on, be direct, short succinct and to the point,” Alves said.

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Alves says your employment gap explanation should not divulge too much information. After your brief explainer, focus on why you’re choosing to re-enter the workforce now.

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“By being direct and not dwelling on details when you address a layoff in an interview, it demonstrates to an employer that you’ve got a forward thinking attitude, that you are focused on the positive and you’re demonstrating resilience which is such an important quality in the workplace these days,” She said.