Many people who once had a genuine claim for disability benefits have been forced by welfare reform to claim Job seekers allowance instead and apply for jobs or lose even this benefit.
How do they appear fit to do the job and explain a lengthy gap on their CV when they have not been working due to health issues? You need, maybe even want that job, but how will you justify the long gap on your CV, or periods of gaps? There is no doubt that no matter how much the Job center say you have to apply for and get a job, gaps on your CV are a disadvantage for those trying to get work.
The absence of work on a CV can be due to a variety of things, even raising your family. I successfully helped a friend to get a job by putting together a CV for her based on all the transferable skills she had used while raising her family.
Be honest and do not try to hide things or cover them up because so many who have tried that with a CV end up being caught out. Almost everyone has had a break in their career history for some reason at some time in their lives. Even if you have been in prison, and there are usually advisers in prison trained to help those preparing for leaving prison to get jobs, and employment schemes for ex-offenders, put on your CV positive things that you did while in prison such as education courses , sports etc.
Play up the positive things that you have done while being out of the paid workforce such as volunteering
Have you had medical treatment while you were not working? List the ways this has benefited you and enabled you to take a job.
Accentuate the positive …says the song, if you volunteered or did a course while not working, then what did you learn? Just because you were not earning a salary it does not mean that you have been wasting your time and do not have valuable experience.
Make your gap in paid employment look positive and if you have the skills and experience for the job you will still have a good chance.