Determining What Short-Term Work is Resume Worthy
Almost everyone has had some form of short-term work experience. In some cases, it may have helped support the career path you are currently involved in. Questions one may ask include: “What short-term work experiences are resume-worthy?” and “What factors should be considered when deciding whether the experience should be on the resume?” There is no one answer that will fit every situation. Each experience offers a different type of gain and accomplishment, but there are guidelines to help you assess what short-term work experiences add value to your resume.
Consider these factors below to determine what short-term work is resume-worthy:
How long ago was the experience?
Most hiring managers and recruiters immediately look at your current or most recent position on the resume to provide important information on how relevant and applicable your experience is for the job. If your short-term work is also your most recent employment, you’ll want to consider the next few factors to help decide if it is resume-worthy. Even if it’s only one month that you were on the job, there may be value to your experience, depending on factors such as the reputation of the employer, what you gained from the experience, what you accomplished on the job, and whether there’s a large gap between this job and your previous employment.
On the other hand, if there were minimal results or a negative experience with a less than cordial departure from the employer, it may warrant the removal from the resume to avoid unnecessary interview questions. Short-term work experience that dates over 10 years in the past also does not need to stay on the resume, especially if you have more recent experience to highlight.
What did you gain & accomplish on the job?
In the past, many employers easily categorized an applicant as a “job hopper” when they saw a work history with frequent job changes. However, with the younger generation today changing jobs as frequently as every two years or less, that type of thinking has changed for many. Employers are coming around to seeing the frequent job changes as a natural mode of career progress for some professionals. In every work experience you include to the resume, regardless of your tenure there, what is important is what you gained and accomplished on the job. What footprint did you make for yourself on the job, and how can those experiences and/or skills gained carry over to your next employer? Answering that will help you determine if the experience is resume-worthy.
Other Tips & Advice
Above all else, anything you choose to include to the resume must be relevant to the employer, and the experience must be one that you are confident in discussing. Your resume is used to help capture the attention of the employer and the information provided is reasoning for why the employer should interview you for the position. Don’t include anything that doesn’t add to your telling of how well-fitting you are for the position and company. Any experience that you are uncomfortable discussing can be more of a hindrance to your professional brand image than a boon, because if you’re going to have it on the resume, employers are going to want to discuss it.
Your resume is a marketing tool. Don’t put yourself in a bind with short-term work experience that isn’t resume-worthy.
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