How to explain frequent job changes ?

If you’ve changed a few jobs in a few years, prospective employers might look at your resume with one eyebrow raised even though technically you’ve done nothing wrong.

You were just pursuing the next great opportunity. Or, maybe you were subject to forces outside your control.

Still, a recruiter who doesn’t know you beyond your resume may see all those jobs and think you’re a flight risk even before you joined. So how do you explain away your limited tenures and convince potential employers that you’ll be loyal?

Try these steps:

Be transparent

Whether you’ve had a string of bad luck or moved around in search of your true calling, the question about your employment history is coming whether you like it or not. The best way to handle it is to be honest about why you’ve made so many job changes, but keep it simple and don’t get emotional, especially if things ended badly.

“Don’t be defensive or make excuses or complain,” Magazine said. But don’t be apologetic or insecure about short-term stints, either. “Own the experience and move on,” she says.

And don’t dwell on why you left a particular position — keep it concise.

You say: “I loved working at (company name) and I was sad to see them run out of funding.”

Accentuate the skills you’ve gained

Next, you need to help potential employers see past the job-hopping. Instead of diving into a lengthy explanation as to why you’ve made so many moves, steer the conversation toward your experience and the skills you’ve picked up along the way.

“Always focus on how you can bring value to the potential employer,” says Christine Brown, who owns the California-based resume writing and career branding service Written Resumes.

For each job, be prepared to describe a key experience, what it taught you and how you’ve put that lesson in action, advises J.T. O’Donnell, CEO and founder of the career advice sites Careerealism and CareerHMO.

You say: “At (Company 1), I learned how to read spreadsheets. At (large corporate company) I got a chance to manage several projects. And at (medium-sized, established firm A), I finally got to lead my own team. I’d say, in sum, these experiences have prepared me for this job.”

Say you want to stay for a while

It can’t hurt to tell the interviewer that you’re looking for a long-term fit, especially if you had to leave companies because they’ve closed or underwent layoffs.

But if you still sense hesitation about your job record, suggest ways to ease the concerns. Offer references who can speak to your strengths and loyalty, or even propose some sort of trial assignment.

“That way, you can let them share their frustration and offer a solution that would make them feel good about hiring you,” O’Donnell said.

You say: “I’m looking for a place where I can grow and learn for several years. But I want you to feel comfortable with me as an employee, so how can I make that happen? Could I do a temporary assignment, or would you like to talk to some of my references before we continue this conversation?”

Arnab Ghosh

My name is Arnab Ghosh. I have been working as a Corporate professional for the past 19 years. After completing my graduation from City College {University of Calcutta}, I started my career with R.S.Software India, followed by Vedika Software Pvt.Ltd. Have worked with industry giants such as Convergys, Satyam Nipuna Services, Wipro BPO, Tata Teleservices Limited, Aircel, TaxiForSure, Brainware University among others. I am a certified trainer from Aircel Academy – Manager As a Coach & Trainer. I have also completed certifications from TBO Academy & Alison Education in the field of “Soft Skills“, the knowledge of which I apply to my students at my University regularly. I have also successfully completed “The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing” certification from Google and “Digital Marketing Course” from TBO Academy. I was awarded “Google Analytics for Beginners” certificate by Google after successfully completing their course. I have achieved CEFR level B2 (Upper Intermediate) in a test of English proficiency from the British Council English Score. I am a bundle of drive, energy, commitment, and dedication and firmly believe in living my life in my own terms, be it working my heart out to achieve business targets or enjoying my spare time doing things that give me joy and feelings of contentment. My hobbies include reading books & listening to music and blogging. I sincerely believe that one should never lose focus in life and that one has to put in a lot of hard work & effort to reach the top.