I was relocated by a very small software development company in September of 1997. There were 2 people and I was hired to start up a sales division. The two folks were never around and I was essentially in the dark. They felt that it was more important for me to learn about their specific software development types than it was for me to go out and build a team.
11 months later, they were bought by a large systems integrator (of which NO positions existed for me). The gap on my resume is 9/97 - 3/99. I was out of work for a couple of months on both ends of the time frame.