So…You have hopped around from job to job and your resume looks choppy at best. Now what? Our office receives hundreds of unsolicited resumes a month from candidates across multiple industries in every region of the country. What amazes me are the resumes we review that have job after job after job (OK you get the point) that seem to last a few months – or (maybe) just over a year – if you’re lucky.
In many industries those resumes will get a quick review and then filed away (or not). It’s really hard to explain if you’ve had a ton of jobs in a very short time and it clearly dilutes your chances of being considered for a new role if it’s based on your resume alone. Is it you, your personality, non-performance or is it pure circumstance that led you to hop from one job to another? It’s your job to make sure you have an explanation for every hop and a way to validate how you added value along the way. Certainly, someone can vouch for you and help explain part of the reason for your serial job-hopping. Well I hope so!
Here’s the good news. In HCIT there will soon be a shortage of qualified workers and demand will outstrip the supply of people who know how to spell healthcare. You may finally get a break. Yes – I’m talking to you Mr. or Ms. Job-Hopper. Your lucky day could be just around the corner and you may get a chance to redeem yourself and rebuild your resume with good tenure while picking up more experience. All good. However, it will ONLY be good if you figure out how to stay put for a few years. Yes – don’t leave. Make a commitment to stick it out and become one of the top 10% of all employees in the company. That’s how you change the rules of the game. If you are able to achieve that goal you won’t have to worry (as much) about applying for a new role later on. Your phone will be ringing off the hook with opportunity after opportunity. As long as you stick it out and become a top performer.
There are ways to repair your resume just like your credit report. It takes a commitment to become the best employee possible and to stay a bit longer. You may not get another chance like this. So do me a favor. Don’t blow it!