Learn how to structure your resume to place less emphasis on multiple shortterm jobs. In his video resume expert Stacey Gordon will discuss using an additional section of the resume to cover contract work, how to omit jobs that aren't relevant and how to handle lying on a resume. She'll provide lots of helpful tips for job hopppers.
- Have you had multiple jobs that lasted for less than one year? Are you stuck in a temporary job cycle? You know, the one where you can't get a permanent job because you've had too many temporary jobs, but you keep accepting temporary assignments because that's all your offered? If you're trying to obtain a full-time job and build stability in your career, I have some tips for you. Let's talk about how to structure your resume to increase your chances of getting an interview for the job you want. If you've been labeled as a job hopper, a functional resume is an excellent option for you.
This structure is helpful because it groups your skills and functional experience together, rather than using the traditional chronological order. The modern functional resume still provides your dates of employment on your resume, which is necessary if you ever intend to get a job in the U.S. An example of a functional resume is included in the exercise files. Many recruiters frown upon using a functional resume, but I think it's because there's a lack of awareness about how useful it can be, and also because it's more difficult for a recruiter to dismiss your experience or lack thereof.
But that's great news for you. A functional resume demands that the reader spend a little more time deciphering it. It requires the reader to look holistically at your skill set to see whether or not it applies to the job. Alternatively, you can utilize an additional section in your resume and label it "Contract Assignments" or "Freelance Work." Whichever label fits. The benefit of using this strategy is it breaks up your employment history and doesn't make it too obvious that you have had multiple short stints at various jobs.
In my role as a recruiter, I have frequently been asked if it is all right to omit an entire job from a resume, and while the answer seems as though it should be an immediate no, let's think about this for a moment. If you had a temporary job that lasted for three weeks, do you really need to include it on your resume? Also, who really is your employer? Is it the individual companies where you physically worked, or is it the staffing agency that placed you in these temporary jobs? I have seen individuals use both styles on their resume, and I believe that as long as you can explain why your information is presented the way that it is, and you have not lied on your resume, you can feel free to take either approach.
Becoming creative with your resume should not be confused with fabricating information. Creativity is one thing, lying is another. To overcome hurdles, you do need to showcase your abilities and place your information and experience in a positive light. Just don't go overboard. It's always a good idea to have your resume reviewed by someone else before distributing it. And your college career center is a good place to start. If you didn't go to college, you can check for resources at your local library, a work source center, or one of the hundreds of organizations that provides support for individuals seeking work.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for