Are You Changing Jobs Constantly? How to Improve Your Chances of Finding a New Position

Posted November 25, 2014 by

If you are someone who has changed jobs multiple times, then you have probably heard that doing so makes potential employers skeptical about hiring you for employment.  While that is a fair point from an employer’s prospective, it does not mean that a job seeker can’t get another position.  In fairness, you may have had personal and/or professional reasons for leaving one job and searching for another one.  Now, though, because you have been a job hopper, you must prove to a potential employer that you are the best candidate for a job opening.  Here are some things to keep in mind for your job search.

Character counts – I believe in today’s job market it is not enough just to have the skills and qualifications to do a particular job.  You must also have good character.  Even if you are not the most skilled or qualified candidate, an employer still may be willing to hire you because he or she believes you fit the company culture, as well as show a willingness to learn.

Establish a presence online – Whether blogging, using social media, or other means, an online presence can benefit a job seeker by getting his or her name out to employers.  You can contribute your knowledge in a specific area of interest, which establishes your credibility and hopefully networking opportunities to get more information about the job you want.  By having your name already out there, you can separate yourself from the competition when candidates are being considered for a job.

Include short-term employment on your resume – While you might be hesitant to acknowledge any jobs that lasted for a short time, add them to your resume as long as they are relevant to the job you have applied for.  For example, if you are getting a job this holiday season that offer skills and experience for another position in the future, then it is justified to be on your resume.

Try freelancing – Freelancing gives you the opportunity to work on your own schedule.  While you may not get a steady paycheck, at least you will be working.  Depending on your skill set, you could freelance in one or more fields.  If you find a niche, then you may want to look for a permanent job down the line.

Changing jobs often may not be the most appealing quality to potential employers.  However, you can still succeed in your job search by easing this concern employers have about hiring you.  By applying the previously mentioned tips, you can improve your chances of landing a new job.

Data shows that Millennials are more likely to change jobs than any generation before. In fact, the average 24-year-old today has already held 6.4 jobs.

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