Writing a resume doesn’t sound like a big challenge unless you sit down and try to create one for yourself. Obviously, it is true only in case you want your resume to be effective and professional enough to land you interviews. There are so many debates between resume writing services some of which could be traced on the Internet. This is one more proof that developing a professional resume is hard work. In this article, we would like to address the two most common resume challenges: too many jobs and employment gaps. These two often keep people from getting interviews and certainly lead to questions during interviews. Any of these problems will automatically disqualify you from a job: they may and they may not. It is all about how you present yourself.
Too many jobs in too little time problem. Among many things, employers are looking for is stability. Over 89% of HR executives are looking for job stability first when scanning dozens of resumes and CVs. It actually makes sense from the employer’s perspective: if an individual had 4 jobs in the last 2 years that doesn’t make him a very committed employee. As you can see then it is one of the most important things for hiring authorities and one of the biggest challenges for job seekers. However, there are several things you could do in order to handle this problem on your resume and at least get to the interview stage. One of the solutions is to lump two (or even three) jobs under one paragraph and under one span of time. In this case, it is way better than delineating two or three jobs in two years. (you basically write two names of the companies at the same line as well as the years of employment, thus merging two jobs into on experience). Another thing that you could do is to use one job title for more than one employment. Also, if you have worked for a company for a long period, it would be good to put it on the first page. This is just to get you to the interview stage. You still have to be prepared to answer questions regarding your job stability during the interview.
Employment gaps problem. This is the opposite problem. Having an employment gap on your resume is not an easy problem to deal with. The thing is the hiring authorities don’t understand that it is no easy task to find a job unless they turn out to be in the same situation. This issue is difficult to explain in a paper. People come up with such weird things to cover up gaps between jobs that it often makes the things worse (in other words don’t make things up). So if you have been out of work for a long time, don’t try to hide the gap or lie about it. The best thing is to list any experience or accomplishment that will prove to a hiring authority that you are a steady and dependable employee. With this problem, it all boils down to how you answer interview questions regarding your employment gaps. One of the most popular excuses is “This is not a big deal really!”, which is also one of the biggest mistakes job seekers make. Because of a hiring manager, it is a big deal. Underplaying it with a defensive attitude will minimize your chances for getting hired. When asked about the gaps in employment be honest and speak about how your track record applies to the needs of the potential employer. Speaking with confidence and conviction about how can you practically contribute to the company will help you win the favor of an interviewer, thus giving you more chances for getting employed.