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1) Create a compelling story of why you left your job, and insert that into every cover letter you write for future jobs. Recruiters obviously looked at my family situation and gave me a good amount of leeway, but you can spin nearly anything into a legit reason for the resume gap.
2) Fill in your resume gap as much as possibly can. Can you consult for people? Can you help a family member with their business? Do your friends have any leads? Can you volunteer in your field? When I left my job, a colleague from a different team reached out with a contracting opportunity and that carried me through to fall -- are there opportunities to work with people at your same company that you get along well with?
3) I did yoga teacher training. Obviously this is not for everyone! But it helped me deal with the emotional stress of everything, gave me away to make some pocket money, and opened up my career options because then I could apply to positions relating to health and teaching/education. (Plus I do eventually want to go full-time into wellness work, but one step at a time.)
Between #1 and #2, I had a resume that still made sense and a respectable-looking-enough freelance portfolio. And #3 actually calmed me down so much that it's one of the reasons I got my new job -- my interviewers sold me to the CMO based on my newfound zen, haha!
So do whatever you can do to stay relevant and employable, but really make sure you're doing lots of self-care so you can move through the emotional side and heal. Wishing you all the best -- definitely feel free to reach out with anything else!
Let me know if you want to compare notes; I could use a moral support buddy! WE CAN DO THIS.