Job hopping from one position to another to another can be a giant red flag to employers and recruiters. If you have a history of several short-term jobs, you need to format your resume differently than the traditional set-up.
First Define Yourself With a Summary
Highlight the collective numbers of years in the industry, if you’re staying in the same field. This will minimize the fact that you haven’t stayed at one place. This is also a good time to include resume keywords that will get you past the applicant tracking system and in front of a person.
Next List Your Skills and Qualifications Related to Industry You’re Interested In
This format is best for both job seekers and hiring managers, since it will show why you think you’d be the best candidate for the position. List 4-6 core competencies that you possess that are important to your success in the jobs outlined above. They should be skills you currently possess and appropriate for the level you’re applying for. Ideally, you should not only have the skills but be able to include some specific example or specific numbers showing that you possess those skills.
Still Include a Brief Summary of Previous Employment
Keep this list at the bottom, and smaller than your section of skills and qualifications. This will keep the focus on what you can do, instead of what you’ve done. Unlike a traditional resume, don’t use a bullet list of jobs. Instead, flesh out the most recent three or four and create a small summary of previous employment section for prior jobs. Make sure to indicate any involuntary hops, such as the company closing or if you were part of a layoff. Don’t include everything – if you only worked somewhere for a few months or less, discussing that in an interview will be awkward. Consider removing positions that were held years ago.
If you were a contractor for a period of time, employed by one company for several different positions, than you can group those together. This strategy is helpful for freelancers or people working in fields that ebb and flow, such as creative fields.
Keep the Length Short
Having multiple jobs can create very long resumes, so make sure to keep an eye on the length. Your resume needs to be 2 pages total. If you have less than 10 years experience: 1 page only.
Here is an example we wrote using some brief knowledge of Marie Curie, with the assumption that she would want to cure cancer caused from radium. (This is not the typical scientist’s resume and she never wanted for work.) Notice that it says right away who and what she is. While Marie never needed a hybrid resume, please notice the main part of the resume in the center is focused on her skills and achievements. While you and I may never win a Nobel Medal, we have our own skills to show off!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number: 1-234-567-8910
Proven success driving groundbreaking advancement within the field of radiation. Polish laboratory scientist offering a combination of diverse laboratory experience , academic excellence, compassion, leadership and strong interpersonal skill to assist cancer research. Dedicated to providing quality, cost-effective and evidence-based science to best solve the cancer dilemma.
- Groundbreaking laboratory work with radiation
- Coined the word radioactivity
- Conducted world’s first study into the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes
- Discovered actinium, radium, and polonium
- Developed mobile radiography unites to provide x-rays to field hospitals during World War l
- Isolated radioactive isotopes
- Wrote book entitled Radioactivity
- Nobel Prize in Physics 1903
- Davy Medal 1903
- Matteucci Medal 1904
- Actonian Prize 1907
- Elliot Cresson Medal 1909
- Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911
- Franklin Prize in Chemistry 1911
Lab scientist 1891- 1934
Science degree from Flying University 1891
Institute of Radium in Paris
“Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted.” –Albert Einstein, Theoretical Scientist. Other references available upon request.
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