Explaining Frequent Job Movement on Your Resume

  By Henry Glickel

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There are seasons of life that bring forth frequent job changes.  It is an adventure and fun at times along the journey, but the consequences can be enormous when trying to find employment and your resume displays 10+ jobs before age 30. However, changing jobs between the age of 20 to 30 is common, you have to discover yourself and your likes/ dislikes.  It takes time and experience to realize your strengths and areas of interest.  Most graduate college and are searching for a position that pays, then the reality of daily work settles in, and the desire to have a job that “makes you happy” comes along.  Finding a job that you love and are happy with takes time and will likely not be the first position you accept. 

Despite what you might be told or read, frequent job changes are not all bad.  Changing jobs helps to keep you interested and increase your skill sets.  You will network more and experience far more having worked several jobs at the beginning of your professional career. But how many job changes is too many? That's the key question to explore because some job changes can lead to your end goal and others can lead to greater consequences that you certainly didn't plan for.  

High-Frequency Job Change Can Provide New Skills. 

So how do you explain in an interview or on your resume the reasons for multiple jobs and a high frequency of turnover?  More so, how do you explain that your frequent job movement was beneficial and has increased your abilities as an employee? Show them what you completed at each position.  Did you develop a new concept, marketing campaign or system? Tell all about it.  Show your success and how you were able to fully advance the company in your short stay.  Express what you learned about yourself and how that applies to the position you have applied for. 

High-Frequency Job Changes Can Be Seen As A Success. 

Frequent job movement benefits the employee, but not the employer. Many companies strongly desire and pride themselves on the ability to attract and hire young professionals, but more so, they like to keep the hires they make. How can you display that you are ready to commit to the right company and be a valuable asset? Frame your experiences and previous jobs correctly. Recruiters/ Interviewers want to hear your story of success in job movement, not failures which led to unemployment and they want to understand how those changes got you to where you are today. 

Here's an example: Following college, you took a teaching job after several years believing time inside the classroom is your next step, but after a year decided it's really not your best fit. From there you made a pivot and began working with a buddy's tech startup. Six months later you're working to get a role in sales for an online school curriculum. You've had experience in the classroom. You are well equipped to face challenges from working with a tech start-up and now, your experience combined makes you an excellent candidate for a sales role for an online curriculum. 

High-Frequency Job Change Can Lead To Greater Commitment In A Future Role.

As an employer, hiring someone with frequent job change can be a bit of a risk. Companies will need you to explain what consistencies happened during each of your jobs and why that has led you to this position and how it would be a position you would be happy at.  Frequent job movement usually brings you to a place where you finally know what you want to do and what you are best at- let that be the focus on your interviews and resume, not the laundry list of previous employment places. 

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