How to Handle Short Job Stay


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Anonymous writes: How is a short job stay (5 months) addressed, or do you address this aspect of a job history? I recently separated from the military to start a civilian career after 13 years and obtaining my degree. I was enticed by a job based on money and benefits offered. The company could not come through with the benefits, so I resigned. I feel like I am being overlooked by employers because of this short stay. What do I do?
The Career Doctor responds: Without knowing enough about your background, my best advice is to bury the job in your resume by taking advantage of a chrono-functional resume format, where you stress your key skill sets, putting your employment history at the end of your resume. You can read more about constructing chrono-functional resumes by reading this article: Should You Consider a Functional Resume? Do I think some employers might be wary? Yes. Not necessarily because of the short stint at your last job, but because of that stint in combination with a long stint in the military. There may be a concern that you are having a hard time handling the transition from military management and culture to civilian management and culture. Once you start going on interviews, you should be prepared to address the issue. What job-hunting techniques are you using? I recommend taking a spin through our Job Search 101 tutorial. The tutorial is really designed for new college grads, but because you have been out of the job market for so long, it might be a great refresher for you in developing and executing a job search plan that will lead you to the job and career you seek. Finally, you can find some good resources and job sites especially for transitioning service people at: Job Transitioning for Vets & Former Military.