As times change, it's less common for one person to stay with a single company for their entire professional career. If you are a worker that switches jobs frequently, no matter what the reason, we have a few tips to help you write the perfect resume for your situation.
The following strategies can downplay any job hopping you have done and show that you will be a consistent, stabilizing force in the office.
1. The Importance of the Summary Statement
The summary statement comes at the top of the first page of your resume, and is the best place to tell your story, and why you have moved positions so many times.
2. Know When to Leave Stuff Out
You don't have to tell the hiring manager everything. If you only worked at one job for a few months, it's fine to leave that job off your work experience section.
3. Combine Jobs Where Possible
If you had the same position at several different companies within a short time frame? If so, combine these jobs into one to shorten your list of companies you worked for.
4. Say When It Wasn't Your Choice
If you left voluntarily because of restructuring, layoffs or a business failing, explain this on your resume.
5. Simplify the Dates
When you add dates to the different companies you worked for, feel free to leave off the months and rather just add the years.
6. Put Dates at the End of the Description
If the dates you worked at are right in an easily identifiable column, they are more likely to be noticed. Place the dates you worked at the end of the job description.
7. Go Hybrid or Functional
If you'd rather focus your resume on your skills and qualifications instead of your work history, try a hybrid or functional resume that highlights why you are the best candidate from your accomplishments rather than your past jobs.
8. Show Contributions Clearly
No matter how short the time was at each company, you accomplished something important. In the accomplishments section, focus on your achievements rather than the time you were there.
9. Contract and Freelance Jobs
Lump together any contract or freelance work you've done during your career rather than listing each job individually.
10. Sell it With Your Cover Letter
Don't just rely on your resume to get the job. Write a dynamite cover letter that highlights the value you bring and all that you know about the company you are applying with.
Go the Extra Mile
Whether you've been at the same job for 15 years or have bounced around from position to position for a long period, you can still create the perfect resume that catches the attention of the right people. When writing a resume, you can never proofread or edit enough, because even one typo can make you look bad to potential employers. Make your resume easy to read, visibly attractive and concise, to the point and professional. From margins to fonts to formats, every little step counts. Go the extra mile to create a resume that shows you are the perfect candidate for any position.