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Job search tips: Addressing job hopping on a resume

Meridith Levinson | Aug. 7, 2009
Job hoppers have good reason to be concerned, say career experts and professional résumé writers.

"You want to assure the employer that you're not trying them on for size and that you're not going to be off in a couple of months," she says.

If you got fired from a job or left an employer, you could acknowledge that the job didn't work out because it wasn't a good fit, says Kursmark. She suggests discussing what you learned from the experience and why you won't ever make the same mistake again.

The purpose of all of these tactics: combat the perception that you're a risky candidate. By playing up your accomplishments and contributions and by downplaying dates of employment on your résumé, you can turn a sketchy work history into a non-issue.

"If you don't focus on your job hopping," says Perry, "employers aren't going to focus on it either."

 

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