The explosion in online professional network LinkedIn and the professionalism of many resumes means recruiters and future employers expect to be able to check a job seeker’s full work history at the click of a button or quick glance of your CV.
In other words, it’s becoming virtually impossible to avoid listing your entire employment history where your future employer can see it.
Considering this, it’s important to understand that when it comes to your employment history, there are potential upsides from your previous jobs, and there are also potential downsides.
The way you present your work history, particularly on your resume, can give you an edge in a tight race to score your next job. There are key tips and strategic approaches you can take to put you at the front of the job-hunting pack.
HIGHLIGHT YOUR BEST ATTRIBUTES
You would be surprised just how many skills and attributes you have garnered during every one of your jobs in the past. The trick is to identify which of those skills could be of use or benefit in the job you’re applying for.
For example, if you’ve worked as a receptionist you’ve no doubt acquired great skills in customer service, problem solving, team work and the ability to work under pressure and scrutiny. These are all skills that are highly transferable to any number of roles.
Take some time to think objectively about your previous roles and work out which skills you can highlight and promote for your next job.
TOO MANY SHORT TERM JOBS
One of the biggest potential turn-offs for recruiters and employers is seeing lots of jobs in short succession on your resume. They may think you’re not committed to steady work or that you’re a difficult employee.
The truth of course is probably very different, and there may be a variety of reasons you changed roles in a short space of time. If you were redundant in a company restructure, for example, make this clear on your resume. If you consult an expert in resume writing, they should be able to help with getting the wording right.
It’s important for you to highlight the positives of your time in these different roles on your resume. Think about the diversity of skills you acquired, and try to express those skills clearly in your work history. Where possible, highlight you are seeking a full-time, permanent role in the position you’re applying for.
STAYING IN ONE ROLE FOR MANY YEARS
On the flipside of changing jobs numerous times in short succession, staying in one position for a long time can also have positive and negative connotations. On the one hand, you may be viewed as loyal and dependent, while others may view this longevity as displaying a lack of drive and ambition.
Once again, you’ve got to dig down into your job and highlight the various skills you have attained. There are countless examples of specific skills you might have acquired even if you’ve been in the same role for a number of roles.
CONSULT AN EXPERT
Given the importance of your resume, particularly if you have lots of jobs in a short space of time or your work history doesn’t quite match the requirements of the job you’re applying for, it may give you an edge to consult with an expert. They can help navigate the potential pitfalls of your work history and give you the best chance of securing your next dream job.
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