Education Career Services

August 31, 2009

Repaving and Resurfacing the Resume Road: Part II

The following was submitted by Kimberly Sarmiento.  Kimberly recently published a career management book covering the in’s and out’s of cover letter development.  She is also a writer for Education Career Services.  The first part of the submission was presented on Friday.  Please refer to the previous posted submission.  I’m confident you will find her submission to be helpful…

August 31Prove you are a Safe Driver:

The appearance of job-hopping can trigger a lot of concerns for a potential employer.  If you have been employed at several locations in a short period of time, there are a few ways you can mitigate the appearance of being a flake.

First off, you do not need to include every position you have held.  If you left one job at the end of 2007, held your next position from April to July of 2008, and then took another job in September of 2008 and currently hold that job – you can omit the middle position without showing a gap in your employment (remember we are using only years – not months).  So unless that position adds value to your resume, leave it out.

Secondly, if you can group employment under one label – do so. For example, if you have sold real estate for ten years for multiple agencies, you could do the following:

Real Estate Agent     (1999-2009)
homes-to-go (1999-2001) ▪ home must sell (2002-2004) ▪ buy a home today (2005-2007) ▪ sell today (2008-2009)

This can demonstrate a continuous career path even in the face of changing-jobs.

Finally, changing jobs can be due to career advancement. There may be times when you will want to mention: Recruited to or Hired to establish in a line underneath your position to show that your change of positions is a reflection of your talent.  Just be prepared to discuss any questions your employer may have about loyalty and commitment in your interview.

So to recap, even if you are on a career path that needs to be repaved and resurfaced, you can still produce a resume and cover letter that paints you in the best possible light.  Always be truthful in your resume and answer all interview questions honestly, but use the above tips to give you an edge.

Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP
dhuffman@careersi.com
Education Career Services: www.educationcs.com
Career Services International: www.careersi.com

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