A lot of jobs listed on your resume? I have a great way to clean up your resume with some great resume building tips!

As a professional recruiter, one of the things I do when I am evaluating a candidate’s resume is look at the length of stay or how often this candidate changes jobs. Sometimes at first glance it can look like a lot. Maybe it even looks like this candidate changes jobs every three years, or so. Not good.

Not only our firm, but HR managers will look at your resume quickly (20 seconds?) and see if you fit what they are currently looking for and at first glance if it looks like you moved around a lot, you can be viewed as a “job jumper”. Most HR types, or recruiting firms, are not interested in filling a position with a candidate that will leave quickly, and then they will have to repeat the process of trying to fill this position again.

If you get a reputation as a “job jumper” this will hurt your career greatly. The first thing you need to do to remedy this situation is to find a home for your career and stay there! Now, back to your resume. When you look at your resume does it look like you’ve had a lot of jobs? There are ways to fix these situations, not all, but some of the situations we see at our office.

First, on your resume are there companies you’ve worked for more than once? Maybe you’ve worked for a company, changed jobs, and then went back to that same company? If you have anything like this, I want you to group these together and put the dates you’ve worked there, rather then list a bunch of companies and maybe three of the five companies on your resume are the same company. Group those same companies, or owners, together.

Now maybe instead of a HR person, or recruiter, seeing five jobs at first glance they will see two, or three jobs. By grouping all of the same companies you’ve worked for together it will clean up your resume. Besides, it looks good on your resume when a company you used to work for hired you back, right?

Secondly, when the economy went down hill did you take a couple of jobs to “hold you over”? Maybe you took something until you can find a position in your chosen field? Maybe even a temporary position? Maybe several in the last two years but you had a good record prior?

If this is the case on your resume I want you to do the same thing, group all of these companies in one section with the dates you worked in these temporary positions. In other words, if you had two, three, maybe even four jobs to “hold you over” the last two years, I want you to have ONE section on your resume and list these temporary positions in that section. So, when recruiters, or HR types, look at your resume they won’t see two, three or even four jobs, they’ll see one section listed with all of those temporary positions listed there. You can title this listing on your resume as “temporary positions” with the dates you had these “temporary positions”.

This is a fantastic resume building tip that will clean up your resume and make it look better. Unfortunately it doesn’t change the facts, but it will clean up your resume and make it look better to recruiters, or potential employers. I hope this helps.

Good luck to you!

Mike Palumbo