I feel like my resume is cursing me. In the last five years I have held just as many jobs. For the first of those five years, I had two jobs lasting a few months each. The next job lasted me two years (making it the longest one), and the job after that just a few months again. And there are also periods of time where I didn't have work in months because I was looking for work.
Here are things I have been suggested on avoiding to appear like a job hopper, but they come with their own problems.
- Don't tell the exact reason you lost the job: Someone suggested that, when asked why I left a job, I should just say I wasn't a good fit for the job, or didn't mesh with the work culture. I am against this as it's a "hiding the truth" solution, and it's worse if they contact my previous employer about it.
- Drop the months from your resume: It does hide the time holes in my resume, but again it's another half-truth. A technical recruiter actually hated that I was doing this, because it was misleading.
- Remove jobs from your list: This makes my resume shorter, but it also makes my experience look shorter than it is, and it leads to more gaping holes of not having work. As it is I already have problems getting the job due to not having enough experience.
So I am not confident with these suggestions. It's hard to erase the past and wish I could have had just have 2 or 3 longer jobs as some of my colleagues have. Can I still look really good in a chronological resume? Is it still possible to save my integrity and show that I can last long at a job?
(edit) Because I've been asked here, all these past jobs are in my career field. Sorry for the late edit.