To Handle Short Term Jobs On Your Resume
by: Scott Brown
Based on todayís
ever-changing and tight job market, it is not unusual to see short
term jobs on a resume. Short term jobs might raise a red flag for
employers. Short term jobs could be contract positions or permanent
The first rule
of thumb when applying for a job is to never lie on your resume.
If you put information on a document and submit it for consideration
for employment, it better be valid information. There is nothing
worse than being offered a job only to have that offer rescinded
when your background is thoroughly checked.
Donít Bad Mouth
The second rule
of thumb when applying for a job is to never bad mouth a previous
employer or company. Bad mouthing creates negative feelings in an
interview or conversation and will almost always cost you the job
offer. Keep your negative opinions to yourself.
Leave it off
With these rules
in mind, letís look at the various ways you can allay an employerís
fear about short term positions on your resume. One oft forgotten
method of avoiding concerns over short term employment is to leave
that job off of your resume. While not always the best solution,
this is one possible way to avoid any concerns.
If asked about
the gap in employment you can say that you worked a short-term contract
job that did not contribute to your overall experience and you did
not want to record it on your resume.
Short term contracts
Short term contracts
are easily explained by either mentioning that you took the position
to get experience in a certain area or by explaining that no matter
what, you must always work and this was the only position available
at the time. You can further qualify the second reason by saying
that you are responsible for providing for your family and will
do that no matter what. While not the greatest way to explain a
short term contract, it does allow you to demonstrate to the prospective
employer that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get the
Short term permanent
types of jobs are harder to explain away with a simple statement,
there is almost always something you can come with about the job
that would warrant you leaving. Things like software piracy, illegal
activities and sexually abusive superiors are reasons that any employer
will understand. However, do not use them lightly.
You can also
use reasons like: after evaluating their business model, I was sure
they would be out of business in six months, the corporate culture
was one that did not coincide with my attitude of teamwork and mutual
achievement, and my job responsibilities did not match what I was
hired for and I did not sign up for a secretarial position.
All in all,
you need to evaluate the position in question and find the most
viable and least offensive reason why you left the company. Once
you decide, use that excuse consistently in all of your correspondence
with potential employers. You never know when one hiring manager
might know another from a different company.