“I will study and prepare myself… and someday, I know my opportunity will come,” says Lincoln. But the opportunity is a hidden asset in the road of success, one needs to study it carefully.
Now that you are on the road of success, how often do you carefully study your opportunities?
Did you follow a course with many short-term jobs? Then you might ask yourself what you do with it on your resume and during the job interview.
The employers or recruiters want the smartest employees and they all assumed you have gotten what it takes before submitting your resume. It’s up to you, as a job seeker, to convince the employer that you are capable and able to do the job perfectly.
I am happy to give you some tips of thumb that will guide you.
Be smart about your resume
Instead of including a long list of former jobs and employers on your CV, you can also group that data. For example, cluster all the jobs you did as a sales employee and write down for which companies you did those jobs and what tasks you had. Also mention factors that provide a logical explanation for the fact that some jobs did not last long (interim, freelance, savings).
It may be tempting not to mention all the short-term jobs you once did. But what do you do with the holes in your CV? Or with a recruiter who does thorough research? If your lie comes true, then you hang. Hiding the truth is no better. A good recruiter just looks through there too.
Be open and honest
This rule of thumb follows from the previous one. Make sure you have an explanation for the fact that you have done a lot of jobs. Think about whether you can give a positive twist to your course. You have gained many experiences and can easily adapt. You have become more independent or learned from your mistakes. The broad network that you built up can be of use to your new employer. Note: being open and honest does not mean that you have to start talking about the fact that you have done many short-term jobs. Put as little emphasis as possible on it, the recruiter will discuss it himself.
Name external factors
Perhaps the fact that you did a lot of short-term jobs was not just about yourself. As a school leaver, for example, it is not easy to find permanent work immediately. Maybe you did some interim jobs and that sounds better than being at home waiting for a permanent job. It could also be that you had to change jobs because of savings. And of course, you often work as a self-employed person or freelancer for multiple clients or employers. In any case, don’t throw mud at former employers, that really doesn’t look good.
Put your strengths in the spotlight
Perhaps your erratic job trail is not your strongest asset. Of course, recruiters will always look at that. But don’t forget to put your strengths in the spotlight as well. Did you gain a lot of experience in volunteering? Do you have former employers who were satisfied with you and who want to serve as a reference? Can you work with language skills, characteristics or certain qualifications that perfectly match the job?
Try not to become despondent
Are you told for the umpteenth time that you have done a lot of jobs? Then there is a chance that the courage will sink into your shoes. Because you can’t do much about it afterward. Try to stay positive, because a frustrated job seeker does not make a good impression either. Indicate that you are looking for a longer period at the same employer. Fortunately, there are also a lot of recruiters who look beyond your job path.