Are you one of those that have one of those job histories that have a variety of gaps in it? Well, not to worry because you are not the only one. With today’s tough economy people are jumping from job to job looking for that one job that will offer them financial freedom. However, this can cause you to look undesirable to an employer on your resume. In knowing this, here are tips to help you to explain your careers and as a result help the potential employer understand your job wanderings.
One of the first ways to achieve this is through telling a story through your resume summary. Instead of just a general I ran a cash register try this instead: I operated a cash register until I was transferred into management. I then moved on to be a district manager for a multimillion company.. This is explaining your job gaps without out getting wordy. In a sense you will be putting your personality into the story to get the employers attention.
You can also use your cover letter to explain the jumps in your job history as well. A lot of people do not realize that a strong cover letter can make a world of difference in landing a job. Explain to them why you have job gaps. For example: I originally started as a cashier at Company A and then was transferred to Management. Company B then offered me a district manager position. This is telling the employer that as you were job hopping you were actually moving up the corporate ladder. Employers look for this more than any other part of your resume.
Probably the most important tip to explaining job gaps in your resume is to never apologize. Your resume is not for being apologetic about why you left a job, it is about getting the next job. Employers do not like sob stories so don’t use them.
So, the next time you feel that you can’t land your dream job because of your job hopping, go ahead and try these two tips. Before you know it you will have the job you have always wanted. .