Employment History: Accounting for Employment Gaps and Job Hopping Worksheet

Job Search Writing – Resume Sections

Practice with this Explaining Employment Gaps and Job Hopping Worksheet to get a feel for how to account for either situation in your job search writing. By completing 10 exercises, you decide how to best present information that is less than ideal.

Employment History: Accounting for Employment Gaps and Job Hopping

Instructions

For each of the odd exercises below, determine how you would present your work history on your resume and which resume type you would select. Understanding the different resume types is necessary to complete this worksheet. For the even exercises below, write a 1-2 sentence statement that could be incorporated into a cover letter that puts a positive spin on the situation.

  • You have a 10-year employment gap from staying at home to raise your children. During that time you have worked with many volunteer and community organizations that have helped keep your skills sharp and your knowledge in the industry up-to-date.

  • Resume type you would use:

    How would you present your work history?

  • How would you put a positive spin on the situation in the above exercise if you were writing a cover letter?

  • You have switched jobs (or job hopped) considerably over the last several years. Your spouse has regularly been transferred to improve operations at various company locations, and your job hopping is a result of moving with your husband.

  • Resume type you would use:

    How would you present your work history?

  • How would you put a positive spin on the situation in the above exercise if you were writing a cover letter?

  • You have been a member of the workforce for about 10 years. Your early work history is spotty, and you worked 16 different jobs before settling in and working only one job for the past five years.

  • Resume type you would use:

    How would you present your work history?

  • How would you put a positive spin on the situation in the above exercise if you were writing a cover letter?

  • A recurring illness has required you to take several longer periods off from working. With each recurrence, you left your previous position because the amount of time you could not work was undetermined. Following your recuperation each time, you quickly found employment and continued working until your illness required you to leave a position.

  • Resume type you would use:

    How would you present your work history?

  • How would you put a positive spin on the situation in the above exercise if you were writing a cover letter?

  • You have a solid work history for the job you held for eight years. However, at the end of that period, you left work to attend college in order to facilitate a career change. While attending college, you worked a long series of low-skill jobs that worked around your class schedule. Now, with your degree in hand, you want to enter your new field of study to secure a long-term position.

  • Resume type you would use:

    How would you present your work history?

  • How would you put a positive spin on the situation in the above exercise if you were writing a cover letter?