How do you you sell yourself on a resume if it looks a bit jumpy?
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 How can I make myself look good on a piece of paper where I seem flighty and unloyal and some of my skills may be outdated and I don't know the states laws and statutes.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
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.
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.
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.