I had a job in the US, in a Dept of Energy National Lab. The activity was so much affected by covid-19 that I had to leave (my supervisor did the same too). It was a painful choice but the project was completely stalled and for budgeting reasons there was no way to redirect the activity to a more productive direction.
I had to leave (after 6 months) and accepted a job in Europe, with 35/40% salary cut, on a topic that is not really my dream job, and with a time schedule which looks more like slavery. The alternative (at that time) was being jobless. I received other offers in the US but it was to late since I had already moved to Europe and started the new job.
I know many episodes like mine in the research field (but this is another long story, let’s just focus on my situation).
Now I want to apply to many places in back in the US, including some that offered me a job when I moved to EU.
The problem is that I have only been here 1 year. I actually have a 1 year probation contract, but they have already told me that they intend to extend the it. The policy here is doing two probation contracts (1 year each) and then getting the position). So I am going to be offered another 1-year probation.
I don’t want to look like a job hopper, or someone that changes job as soon as he sees another opportunity. I don’t want to job-hop, I just want to get back to the US and return to my pre covid standards (in terms of salary, job topic and time schedule). Once I get to that point I would not plan to change job again.
How to address this when applying? Stating my story in the cover letter, in a separate email to the recruiting manager, or what else?
EDIT - to reformulate: from my CV, cover letter, etc., I should not appear as a job hopper changing job once a year (e.g., at the first difficulty, or whenever a better salary is available). This is not representative of what I want. I just wanna go back to my field and possibly to the US and remain stable in the new job.