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Break Your Image of a 'Job Hopper' in Your Resume

Is 'job hopping' stigma taking the recruiters away from you?

Though job hopping is nowadays seen as a norm, it can still keep you at bay from exclusive job opportunities. Too many job changes in too short a time calls loyalty and reliability of the candidate into question.  No employer wants to invest time and money in an employee who may switch to another job after a few months on the current job.

If you have a history of frequent job changes, you can draw out your resume in such a way that it becomes attractive to the hiring managers, regardless of hops.

Highlight Your Skills
Highlight the positive aspects of your past job profiles, your skills and the invaluable experience you gained in a variety of areas. Hiring managers scan resumes in seconds. Therefore, you need to present your roles and responsibilities and career objective in a way that sparks their interest immediately.

Club Similar Jobs
Plan out a resume that focuses more on your career history than job history. It will help you to minimize your appearance of a job hopper. Club the jobs by listing them not by the companies you've worked for but by the similar roles and responsibilities you had performed. This would also refine the things for the hiring manager.

Create an Impressive Career Objective
Most people tend to copy others' career objective summary without giving a second thought to it. This is amateurish and a useless thing to do. How can your career objective be same as anyone else's?  If you cannot think of a good statement, use a summary of qualifications or your relevant professional experience instead.  Just make sure that your career objective does not sound "I-centered".

Eliminate One or Two Jobs From Your Resume
You may delete one or two jobs from your resume, if you have spent less than six months on them. Eliminating such short span jobs does not mean that you’re ashamed of them but you don't find them relevant to include. If you are keeping any such job off, be prepared in the interview to explain why.  It's always good to be truthful.  You can answer that the job did not add much value and you wanted to add more meaningful accomplishments.

A hiring manager may wonder why you've hopped so many jobs and be concerned about your commitment level.  So, prepare yourself for the explanation before you make your next leap. 

However if you have hopped too many jobs in the past, then it's a high time that you should settle down on one good job now. Staying on in the job enables you to build relationships and increase your worth at the company. Company sees its loyal employees as invaluable assets.  Ideally, an employee should spend decent time span of around two to three years at one job before moving on.  All the best!