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Job Hopper? There is a Resume Format For You

by Amanda Pestana


You probably have very valid reasons for leaving all the jobs you did; however, job-hopping to a hiring managers screams, "You won't stay long." This will be a concern for those seeking long-term candidates. The finances that go into hiring, on-boarding, training, and developing new team members can be costly for businesses, and this is another reason for why hiring managers view job-hopping negatively.


Although some hiring managers might not mind the jobs changes, it is better to play it safe and show your resume in a way that screams, "Yes. I am your next top performer. The fact I left jobs does not disqualify me as a professional. It shows that I did not give up my pursuit of finding a job that is the right fit for me."

Here are a few recommendations when developing a content strategy of your resume, and let's begin at the garage, the fundamental base of your resume content.


(1) CORE COMPETENCIES

Focus on your highly acclaimed qualifications, skill-sets, and academic achievements. Soft skills, also known as transferable skills, are harder to identify in potential candidates. Therefore, build your resume where you highlight your core competencies. When writing a summary about your career objectives or a brief introduction about yourself, input your abilities within the summary. Draw the attention of the reader by showcasing how great of a professional you are. If you can convince the reader within your resume's opening section that you have all the skill-sets and knowledge they are seeking, it will make job-hopping a minor detail amid all the awesomeness.


(2,3 & 4) JOB EXPERIENCE, DETAILS, and DESCRIPTIONS:

Once you have their attention, the reader will continue to navigate through your resume. Remember, it only takes the reader 10-seconds to make this decision. As you work to elevate your chances of landing the interview, take the time to decide which information is necessary to include, and which information is not so relative. There is no need to include everything within your resume. If there is a position you worked for only a few months (less than six months), there is no need to add it. However, if you accomplished significant achievements within that position of six months include it in your resume. You want to focus on showing why you are an exceptional employee highlighting your successes.


Use statistics when detailing your job experiences, and use bullet points to highlight information within your descriptions. Consider removing the months when inputting the time-frame of your work history. Instead, use years for your positions. For freelancers, contractors, and other professionals who might have several jobs and projects to list focus on showing all your achievements and bundle workplaces together.

(5 & 6) RESUME FORMAT & STYLE

The most commonly used resume format is the chronological or the reverse-chronological formatting. However, the function resume focuses on your skills and accomplishments and tends to work best for job-hoppers. There is also the combination styled resume with a mix of employment history listed chronologically with accomplishments and qualification highlights. It is preeminent to identify which one will best convey your abilities and which looks the most attractive.


For resume designs, color palettes, fonts, and style take into consideration your future employer and their corporate culture in addition to focusing on your industry. For marketing experts, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, and similar professionals, more artistic styled formatting is highly recommended. When you effectively design your resume, it becomes part of your portfolio, another form of showcasing your work and talent.


(7) COVER LETTER & PERSONAL BRANDING

Create a spectacular cover letter that recalls your abilities and gives insight into your personality and character. Make sure to include why you would be a good fit for the position, and how you would add value to the business. Remember that the style of your cover letter should remind the reader of your resume (fonts, colors, and others).


Personal branding is highly recommended. You can do this through your LinkedIn profile page, your website, blogs, and other social media outlets. Your branding should focus on you as a person. This is a significant component when hiring managers take the time to look you up. Make sure your resume aligns with the same person that shows up in the cover letter, resume, and online.

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