How To Explain Job Hopping In Your Interview

Job hopping will incredibly rewarding in terms of experience could spell disaster for your long term career. A spate of short lived jobs could raise the suspicion of any recruiter wary of hiring anyone with a spotty job history. While job hopping has become fairly common today with the competitive job market, it doesn’t mean that a history of short term jobs are going to be appealing to all employers.

Before you go into the interview you should have a ready and acceptable answer for the job hopping in your resume. Plan what you’re going to say and how you’re going to make yourself invaluable to the company. Take the initiative and address the issue during the interview. You could then put the right spin on the situation. I wouldn’t say outright lie but you should present valid reasons for leaving the job. In the tight career market career moves are brought on by better offers or having the company closed. You don’t have to be ashamed of your job history but instead you should focus on the future and on not making the same mistakes as before.

You should also emphasize all the good you have done in your previous jobs. If you single handedly saved the company from bankruptcy the interview would be a good time to bring it up. Your accomplishments could swing the balance over to your side.

Play up on your skills and knowledge in relation to the position you are applying for. Give them a concise history of the industry and their company. Keep your prospective employers focused on your positive traits.

It would help if you also have letters of recommendation from your past employers. If you could provide proof that you weren’t completely useless at your last jobs, it would go a long way to erasing any doubts the recruiter may still have.

If you’ve done all of this and the recruiter is still wary of hiring you, don’t get defensive. As they say and as you can attest, there are other jobs in the sea. You may not be the right person for the job.

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