Don't Quit Your JobYour resume is impacted by the number of jobs/positions held and the length of time spent in each of those roles. While there may be extenuating circumstances, it is a good idea to plan to stay in a job/position for at least one year, if not longer.

If your resume indicates “job-hopping” it will be harder to persuade the hiring manager to select you.

What if the job is different than expected?

Another way to avoid short tenure on your resume is to work through a staffing/temporary staffing company. Often companies need people for contracts (short-term assignments), project work, or temporary assignments if someone is out for leave or to allow employees to take vacations. This presents a great opportunity to learn about a variety of jobs, different companies, and find a position that interests you. As an assignment is completed you can go back to the staffing/temporary company and help them fill another role. You can put all your work for this staffing company under one employer.

If you do not like a company or a job/position, it is best not to leave until you find a new position. You are much more employable when you are employed than when you are unemployed.

Do all jobs go on a resume or application? 

Full-time positions held in the last 10 years should be on your resume/application. Part-time jobs, if related, can go on an application. Gaps might need to be explained so included relevant information on the resume, application, and/or the cover letter explain times between jobs. Being honest will leave a good first impression. will help you organize your job history so you can see how long you have been at each job and adjust your strategy as needed!



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