If your employment history is a little jumpy and disjointed or if it would appear that you are a job hopper – skipping from one role to the next, it can be a real challenge to ensure that your CV does not put off potential employers about your suitability for their vacancies. Perhaps you have undertaken a lot of temporary roles, or done quite a bit of travelling and consequently worked in different places everywhere you went. Whatever the reason for your job hopping, it is important to put as positive a spin as possible on it when creating your CV. Here are some ways to handle multiple jobs on your CV that should help.
Create a strong Profile Statement
This can be one of the most important things on your CV. It is essential to try and grab the employer’s attention from the off. Create a tailored statement on your suitability for the role and how your experience to date matches it. Concentrate on the relevant skills and how you have developed those skills through the various roles you have had to date. Make your profile statement role specific and not simply a generic and somewhat bland affair.
If you have had to leave or move roles through no fault of your own – either due to redundancy, the fact that said roles were temporary or contract in nature or due to internal company progression or promotion, then make sure that you outline these reasons on your CV. If an employer or recruiter can see that there are genuine reasons for you moving from role to role or from company to company, they are more likely to look favourably on the jumpy nature of your employment history. If you leave such things out and expect to be able to explain the reasons at interview, you could be making a big mistake.
Functional not chronological
Whilst a traditional CV tends to go through things in a chronological way, that is not always essential. If your work history is more erratic or disjointed, it can be a better idea to create a functional CV. This, in essence is a CV where you concentrate on your transferable skills and experiences to date. You can group certain skills together and draw attention to particular achievements. Creating a functional CV will not only help you to minimise the impact of your multiple jobs, but will also allow you to fully tailor your CV to match the role you are applying for.
Summarise where you can
Sometimes it is possible to group certain types of experience together without necessarily outlining details of every individual employer and role you have had. For example, if you undertook temporary work for a lengthy period and during that time worked for many different employers, it can be a good idea to summarise that experience. Simply outline on your CV that between those particular dates you undertook temporary or contract employment for a range of employers and summarise the roles and duties that you had. Creating a collective summary of your experience like this can create a much more positive impression to an employer than listing every single role would.
Focus on achievements
As employers are always on the lookout for employees who could bring real value to their organisations, it can be a good idea to ensure that you outline any achievements you have had on your CV and how you made an impact in certain roles, irrespective of how long you were in them. If possible, focus on relevant achievements and accomplishments and thereby ensure that a potential employer can see from the off how you made a real and tangible impact to your previous employers.
We hope that by highlighting how to handle multiple jobs on your CV, we have helped a little! Got any other tips you’d like to share? Simply let us know via the comments section below.