Address your career break on your CV rather than leaving a blank. Mention what you’ve been doing in this time (such as volunteering, raising a family, studying etc.) and explain the skills you’ve gained from this.
You may want to consider a covering letter too. It is important to be clear about your career break but use this as an opportunity to explain why you want to return to work.
Prepare for an interview
Research the company that you are interviewing for. If it is practical, you could visit the store or site.
Prepare to answer questions about your career break, be clear and honest.
Avoid being negative. For example, if you were made redundant then you could refer to this as the opportunity for a new start.
Don’t forget that employers just want to make sure you’re the right person for the job. A break is only an issue when it isn’t explained.