I am and IT Manager and I was at a company for 10+ years and I took a another job with a large company. The job turned out to not be what I expected. My old employer reached out to me and I agreed to return. I have the same title as before but I have different responsibilities. I am now obsessing because I think I really hurt my career.
On one front I could look like a job hopper. I have only had 5 jobs in 20 years. I usually stayed over 5 years at each job (I stayed at one job only 3 years because they went out of business). So I am definitely not a hopper.
My other concern is it will look like I could not adjust to the new job and I returned to the old job with my tail between my legs. This one really concerns me as the company I returned to is having some issues and a layoff could come in the next few months. So it is safe to say that I am quite concerned.
- Would hiring managers see this as a red flag and throw my resume away?
- Secondly, is there any way I can represent my five month indiscretion in a manner where it won't cause me to be instantly disqualified for a position?
- Third, is it unethical to leave it off the resume?
- Finally, I am working on projects where I can add some interesting items to my resume (such as new programming languages and work in the cloud). Will new skills help me overcome any red flags from my choppy history of the past year?