Currently I'm in somewhat of a conundrum.
I'm a British software engineer who performs fairly decently in his job. I've got some interesting accomplishments on my CV and the like. I say that because I want to highlight off the bat that my short job stints aren't to do with poor performance or anything like that.
My first software engineering role was in a company in the travel industry which lost about half its staff in April 2020 because of the crisis. I was included in that. I finished that job with about 1 year 5 months of experience.
After that I had a two month break and picked up a job abroad. It's a country fairly close to the UK. The thinking at the time was that Corona would be a fairly short term thing, and that within 6 months or so I'd be able to fly to and from my home on the weekends, where I'd be able to see friends, family and girlfriend.
Obviously living over here is difficult. My home country is still locked down, so I'm maintaining my relationship and friendships via the internet, but I think the UK is going to start to open up again soon.
The UK is going to start opening to flights in May, but where I'm currently living may require a vaccine passport to enter, and given my age bracket I may not get a vaccine until maybe November or December. Of course in order to go frequently between countries, it takes two to tango.
So, I would like to come home! That is the simple part. I feel like I could quite confidently explain all of that in an interview. It's Corona after all, everyone has had difficulty with it. I would have about 9 months of experience if I left my job today. Not a disaster imo.
However, my girlfriend is a nanny, and the family she is working for are considering moving for a year to New York in around Jan/Feb 2022. I would like to join them out there for a bit. Maybe for a year or so. I would have a job in the UK for 10 months or so before joining them.
How difficult would it be to explain this in an interview? My CV would look something like:
Job 1: 1 year 5 months
Job 2: 9-11 months
Job 3: 9-12 months
Are the exceptional times and the circumstances above a good legitimate reason for the shorter job stints? How would this look in a resume, and how would this play in an interview? Any cultural differences to consider between London and New York? Cheers.