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How do you you sell yourself on a resume if it looks a bit jumpy?

Updated Orlando, Florida

I spent my twenties sort of jumping from job to job, the longest being 2 1/2 years. My final position was a farce because the amount of money I was supposed to make was a lie and the people who made the job agreement were "let go." Anyhow, I decided to take a little break and ended up moving to a different state and then was in an accident where I almost died. I still am unable to work because of my problems from the accident, but want to prepare for when I can work again. I also have my age going against me. How can I make myself look good on a piece of paper where I seem flighty and unloyal and some of my skills may be outdated and I don't know the states laws and statutes. I was in graduate school at this time and obtained the degree so I am still very familiar and up to date with Microsoft, Mac, and somewhat knowledgeable of SPSS (a statistical program). And I am very good at research of non-legal and legal programs like Lexis Nexus and Westlaw. I just need to get that interview. #talent-recruiting #hiring #human-resources #job-application

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Yassine’s Answer

Updated Morocco
Hi Melissa, First of all, sorry to read about your accident. wishing you a swift recovery. I have a friend that has pretty much the same situation in which she had several jobs in a short period of time. The way she organized her resume is to take the short time jobs ( 6 months and less ) and underline them as projects in which she shed light on what she learned from each and every one - She then targetted positions in which those set of learned skills are needed and just happened to find a good job. I would suggest doing the same, focus on the set of skills that you have mastered during the past few years and make sure to customize your resume every time you are applying to a position. Hope this was helpful, feel free to reach out if needed. Cheers, Yassine
I would second this approach. Focusing on what you gained from each experience rather than the time spent is key.

crystal’s Answer

Updated Wheeling, West Virginia
As a previous hiring manager, I always gave my applicants the chance to explain any red flags that may pop up like many jobs (which I have had the issue with keeping a job and hopped around from job to job myself), or gaps in employment history. BE HONEST AND TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR PAST AND ANY GRAY AREAS!! I always respected and appreciated the truth and willingness to come forward and make it know that you may have had a shaky past BUT now you have worked hard to change that. You already have taken the initiative and reached out to try to smooth things out before you even get to that situation which says so much about you. I am so sorry to hear about your accident but i admire your strength and will power to take control and prepare yourself for success. I hope you are well and hope healing is in process for you. STAY STRONG AND FOCUSED and nothing will be out of reach or impossible. Good luck!!

John’s Answer

Updated Tampa, Florida
Melissa, Try a creating a functional resume if you believe that your current resume is jumpy or you have short-term jobs. A functional resume showcases your skills as opposed to a chronology of your employment. This way, when you apply for a job for which you believe you are qualified, the employer will see your skills and accomplishments within these skills. Hope this helps.

Chris’s Answer

I will admit that multiple short stops in various jobs is a red flag for me in reviewing and interviewing candidates. I am looking for someone who is committed to me and my company as much as I am committed to them. If I am going to invest time training, coaching, developing, a team member - I want to feel like they will stick around. Once you do land an interview you may be asked why the short time in each role, what drove the changes, Ultimately, I want to avoid a candidate looking for greener grass. So think about why you left each role what drove the change and practice your answers. Be honest and genuine. In regards to your time away from work while in recovery. I suggest taking the same approach. Focus on what you did (aside from healing of course) to better yourself...finishing school, etc.
Thank you for honesty in this area, I respect the honesty. I will definitely make note of some of the reasons why I left the company.

Charlie’s Answer

Updated Boston, Massachusetts
keep your resume short, lots of younger people move around from job to job and you did spend over 2 years in one position so don't worry too much. You need to focus on the skills you have and apply for roles that you have an interest in. Always be positive in your outlook and attitude and you will find a position.