Job Hopper, who me! Resume and Interview Tips


Though your resume might be received by most of employers you meet for an employment opportunity skeptically, but the truth is that as far as job hopping is considered, it seems omnipresent and you could possibly not have avoided it!

Job hopping has become a shortcut to a better career and presents you with some golden opportunities that help you reach a exemplary position in no time. In fact Job Hopping seems extremely obvious when you think you have the potential that is not being well paid and well utilized. Of course you will want to move ahead; who would not take up a better opportunity that establishes them adequately! Moreover, in pursuit of a better life, job seekers not at all find changing job troublesome or uncomfortable, they are quite focused and adaptive.

Job Hopping has its own advantages and disadvantages. It can be questioned but can't be avoided. On one hand its provides you with newer opportunities on the other it poses many difficulties. Anyone who frequently changes jobs, must have had faced trouble adjusting in the new work profiles, the office environment as well as gaining the trust of the new employers all over again. What also becomes difficult is gaining in-depth knowledge of a particular profile and therefore proving yourself, due to frequent changes.

As far as the recruiters are concerned, they are concerned when it comes to you stability or say commitment towards the job they are going to employ you for. No one would risk recruiting an employee who can't commit to stay for a reasonable time as there are expenses involved in the complete recruitment and training process. 

And so, it becomes extremely important for a job seeker to sensibly deal with this issue of job hopping in their resume, while appearing for an interview. However appealing job hopping might seem or might reward you with, it has a degree of negative impact on the employers in cases of frequent job shifts.

First of all you must weigh all the pros and cons when you decide to change your job. You must intelligently map and plan out a career strategy that will make the whole experience more fruitful and will keep you in the right light. It is extremely important that you come across looking like a person who is committed, loyal and dedicated towards his work. You must understand what a particular job change will add to your skills and experience. Do not always let money be a driving factor instead think of what a job can do for your career in the long run and what benefits and learning it can endow you with. It will be really rewarding if you can try and stay in a job for as long as you can.

If you have been hopping jobs, include only those positions that have been significant. There is really no need to include all the short-term positions that you have held in your career that are insignificant to the present vacancy you are applying for. You can also group all the similar experiences that you gained in various companies for a particular job profile under one heading and rather highlight the projects that you have worked on. You can also avoid listing your experience in bullet points and rather opt for a summary of previous employment details. Also you use dates to your advantage by mentioning dates for the experience on a particular position in various companies rather than highlighting the tenure that you worked for in a company.

A cover letter is also a perfect solution to eliminate any employer skepticism. What all you can't write in the resume can be explained in the cover letter. You can detail the employer regarding your long term career plans with a positive approach that boasts of commitment and puts you in the right light. Try to indicate that you have been progressive and have added a lot to the learning front with every job change. Show that you have taken on increasing level of responsibility all along.

Also explain explicitly to the employers if the hopping was because of downsizing, acquisition or mergers in the previous companies.

When you explain every move that you made in your career with a positive approach and intelligently, the recruiters will pay heed. 

Also, be ready with a genuine reasons when you go out for the interview. Job Hopping is not always wrong. The most important thing is to to plan your moves correctly and move ahead with a positive approach that exudes confidence on yourself and your decisions so that people realize that you were not at the wrong end.