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  • Bob Mitchell


As hiring managers are inundated with resumes to review, one of the first things that they look for is longevity. How long have you been at your current position. How many positions have you had in the last 5-6 years.

If they see a 1 or 2 year break in work, they will most likely pass over the resume if there isn’t a brief explanation of why there was a break.

Hiring managers want an employee who is going to invest their time in the company, not someone who jumps around.

If your resume shows a lot of different companies, make sure you note in your title or next to the company name if they were contracts. A brief explanation will help when your resume is being reviewed.

If you add that the position was a contract position and that the project was completed, that will help explain your short stints, or if you were brought in at the end of a project to help complete it, that shows that you have the expertise and experience to move into a position and hit the ground running.

Your resume should give the hiring manager all of the information they need in a short explanation that would otherwise keep them from skipping over you.

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