It is not uncommon for individuals to have moved between multiple jobs in a short period of time. However, even when this is the case, companies often look unfavorably on someone who has had more than one job in a year. So, what can you do to assure that you are not considered a job hopper or skipped over for a perfect job opportunity? Here are some tips to help you design a resume to get noticed.
Focus on a strong summary statement
This involves a reimagining of your resume format. Rather than creating a conventional chronological resume, consider a functional layout. This includes a summary statement at the top that shares insight about who you are, what you do, and your professional accomplishments.
Make note of temporary work
Job hopping is sometimes beyond your control. Maybe you took temporary assignments while looking for a full-time job? Or maybe you had the bad luck to work for a few companies that had massive layoffs. Where you can, note that a job is short term or temporary on the resume in a constructive way.
Do not include everything
A resume is not meant to be comprehensive. It is a snapshot of relevant experiences to sell your skills to a potential employer. Do not include jobs that have no relevance on your search. Maybe you picked up some work at a restaurant while you were between jobs. You do not need to include that. If it comes up in an interview, you can be honest about what you did during that time, but you do not need to draw attention to it.
Leverage your cover letter
Of course, your resume should not be the only tool in your toolbox. With every resume you submit, you should include a cover letter that explains a bit about who you are, why you are interested in their job, and the experience that makes you a good fit. This introduction will encourage them to read your resume and if they are already interested, any perceived job hopping will not be as much of a concern.
Are you ready to start finding new opportunities? Work with Nesco Resource to get your job search off to a successful start. Whether you’re looking for contract or permanent positions, we have a variety of positions across several industries and fields, including industrial and manufacturing, administrative, and more. Contact us today to learn more about how Nesco Resource can help you achieve your job search goals.