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How do I write a resume that has several short-term jobs?

by Whitney
(Virginia Beach, VA)

I am having a very difficult time writing my resume with confidence. I graduated college in 2008 and proceeded to be laid off 4 times in the following year. Since then I started school part-time and only now have a job.

I do not have any great "accomplishments" or awards to dictate. Please give me a suggestion on how to write a great eye-catching resume.

Answer: Whitney, you're right, you do have your work cut out for you. I'm assuming you were laid off due to the economy and not to your inability/unwillingness to perform?

It's no secret that many people have struggled to get/stay employed over the past few years. You are not as unusual as you might think. However, with so many candidates for every job, you DO want to stand out.

I'd approach it from transferable skills, since you don't have a strong work history. Use a functional resume format and emphasize skills that transcend specific positions or even jobs... things like people skills, communication skills, ability to work as part of a team... or take a leadership role as needed... organizational/detail skills, computer skills, etc. Also, think about skills and knowledge you are gaining in school. Draw upon anything you've done in the past, whether work, volunteering, school activities, even things like babysitting or mowing lawns.

And then think of ways to sell yourself as a great employee in the cover letter that goes with your resume. Things like enthusiasm, creativity, strong work ethic, etc. can be very attractive.

To your success (and increased confidence)... Kathi

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