I graduated from University a few years ago. During my time at school I completed the co-op work placement program. This means I had several short term jobs (4-8 months).
After graduating I have had a lot of trouble obtaining a full time permanent position. I have worked in several short term contracts that have been related to what I studied and in the field I'd like to find a permanent job in. Aside from these jobs, I have done other jobs (such as retail) for the source of income.
My resume and LinkedIn profile are messy with so many short term jobs. For example on LinkedIn I have 10 different jobs dating back 10 years, and this isn't even with the ones I did just for money. How can I fix this? Is there a particular way to consolidate jobs? For example lump all the ones I did through the school's co-op program into one, or lump all of the jobs of a particular type (e.g. IT support) into one?
Ideally with a resume I could target it and leave out less relevant experience, but I find with lots of job openings (especially at the entry level) they are very generic and I don't know how to choose what to leave out? I guess typically it goes by chronological order, but there's other considerations like I worked for a fortune 500 vs a startup that failed.