After graduating I worked in my home country for one year to gain experience. Then I wanted to improve my English, so I went to Ireland for a 6 month internship. I didn't enjoy it there, so I didn't accept a long-term contract with that company. I found another position, full time, in Amsterdam. After 8 months, my father passed away and I wanted to be closer to my mom, so I left that job and came back to my native country. I started to work with a local agency that sends students abroad, just to keep my mind trained and my CV (resume) updated. It has been one year and I would like to continue my career abroad again, because there are very few opportunities in my native country.
My CV was rejected by several perspective employers. I asked for feedback almost every time, but only received two answers. They said almost the same thing - "We want someone that can stay with us." I translate that as: I changed jobs several times too quickly (also because now I would be leaving my current job to go somewhere else).
I think it's really important to state on the cover letter the reason of my last change. If I hadn't had that tragedy I would still be there working in Amsterdam. But I don't know if you can present some "personal issues" that influenced your career in your cover letter. I don't want to look desperate or like I'm trying to use a tragedy to influence the recruiter. Would it be proper to say in the cover letter something like "Unfortunately for a personal reason I had to leave my last job etc..."?
Is it appropriate to write such information in a cover letter? If so, how is such information normally presented.