Updating resume for new career
If you’ve held several jobs over a short period, and don’t explain the changes on your resume, you might look like a “job hopper” to recruiters and hiring managers.
Although job hopping is more acceptable than it was a decade ago, it can still raise concerns with recruiters.
Tom Lovett, president and senior partner of Lovett and Lovett Executive Search in Dayton, Ohio, says job hopping may be a sign of poor interpersonal skills and lack of performance. Having a tailored summary statement at the top of your resume is an opportunity to guide the recruiter through the document and influence how they interpret your job changes.
“Companies are not interested in wasting their time or money professionally developing a candidate that has not had a successful career track,” says Mr. Nancy Vasquez, 49 years old, has sensed that hiring managers are wary of her job history. Vasquez, who lives in New York City, has held five positions in the last eight years and says that her “jumpy background” may be slowing her search. First outline the collective number of years of experience in your field in a sentence such as, “Eight-plus years marketing experience with expertise in database, planning and writing.” “The eight years feels cohesive even though it might have been with five different companies,” says Karen Schaffer, a career consultant in Halifax, Nova Scotia and author of “The Complete Book of Resumes: Simple Steps for Writing a Powerful Resume.” According to a study done by Human Resource Services Inc., a human-resources management-consulting firm in Milwaukee, candidates who averaged less than three years per job during their first 10 years were 65% more likely to leave their next job within three years. Avoid a bullet list of jobs on your resume by fleshing out your three or four most recent positions and creating a summary of previous employment section for prior jobs.
While the politics of how teachers are treated is a topic unto itself, there’s good news for teachers everywhere: you’ve never been more hire-able!If you’re a dissatisfied teacher who is hungry for more from your career, check out these four resume tips for transitioning out of teaching from the 2013 e Book, Life After Teaching: Before you write and submit a resume or fill out a profile on a job search website, head online to secure an email address with your initials and last name.Approximately 70% of resumes find their way to an HR professional electronically, so it’s time to embrace email as your primary tool for job hunting. Make sure it’s professional enough for a corporate job hunt, as few HR professionals will be interested in sending a reply email to [email protected] or [email protected] a free email service to create a professional, permanent email address with your initials and last name.(Note: Using your initials instead of your full name will help you avoid targeted spam and will protect your privacy.)As a teacher, you know you discovered and honed a variety of skills and abilities.