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Shed a positive light on your job-hopping history

Do you have a “hoppy” resume? And if so, how can you turn any potential negativity surrounding that job-hopping into a positive?

The Seattle Times spoke with Barb Bidan, Indeed’s VP of Global Talent Attraction, about how to deal with having too many short-term gigs on your resume. Millennials in particular have a bad reputation for being job-hoppers, but recent research by the Department of Labor shows that the most recent generation to enter the workforce has held an average of five to seven jobs between ages 18 and 24. And this isn’t much of a change between the last generation and now.

“What has changed from one generation to the next is perception and assumption,” says Bidan.

Here’s the good news for those with a lot of positions on their resume. Overall, job-hopping has become more acceptable, although more so in industries where talent is in high demand. So how can you show yourself to be a “good” job hopper and great job candidate?

First, don’t think about hiding it on your resume.

“I would never encourage a candidate to do that,” cautions Bidan. “If you perceive that something looks bad, it’s best to address it."

Instead, the key is to get employers to see the job change as a positive thing.

“Can you articulate a benefit you gained from prior jobs? Did you gain skills and experience that another company could benefit from? And the final check is whether you left your previous employer on good terms,” says Bidan.

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