My Quora answer to:
“How can you present (in cover letter/interviews etc) a 7-year gap in employment up to today because you didn’t need to work and now circumstances have changed?“
It starts with confidently owning that 7-year gap and having an interesting story to tell about it. Most people dream of being able to take that much time off from employment, so be proud that you were able to do it.
I wrote an article about the power of a “gap year.” While your duration was much longer, my recommendations are the same.
If you want, skip to the bottom of the story and read these sections:
- First, have a story to tell
- Second, own your story!
- Third, let them know how special they are