There’s nothing you can do to change your employment history – so if you’ve experienced layoffs or career gaps, or jumped frequently from job to job, your best plan is to showcase your strengths and the unique value you bring to the table. You do this through your cover letter and resume, as well as your personal presentation in interviews.
Be prepared to play up your experience as it relates to the job being filled. Highlight the key responsibilities you’ve held and the professional skills you’ve acquired. Then present these in a clear, concise and honest manner.
Layoffs and Job Hops and Gaps – Oh My!
The best way to handle the bumps in your employment road depends on your specific job titles and companies. For instance, you may be able to lump two or more similar positions under one heading. Simply list this on your resume as “Sales Representative, ABC Company and XYZ Company, 2/07 – 4/09.”
Consider a functional resume.
Use your Objective Statement to summarize your career goal, as well as illustrate your strongest qualifications. This will draw attention to your selling points and downplay your work chronology.
You don’t have to include every job you’ve ever had.
may be grouped under one time period; for example, “IT Consultant/Network Specialist – 4/12 – present” and then list project highlights.
Use your cover letter to explain your work history and put a spin on your circumstances.
Don’t be apologetic, just be honest. There’s no shame in having taken time off to raise a family, go back to school, or care for a sick family member. A negative attitude may affect the overall quality of your presentation.
Show how you’ve stayed active and relevant.
This might include coursework, community service or volunteer assignments. If the technology in your field has evolved, demonstrate that you’ve moved with it.
Honesty is important.
It may be tempting to fabricate or stretch the truth when it comes to your past. This is never a good idea. There will be consequences when your deception is uncovered – and it most likely will be.
The professional recruiters at PrideStaff Fresno can help you to optimize your potential career opportunities and find a job where you put your skills to their best use. We’ll partner with you and link you to our broad client network in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Contact us today to learn more.