Some people head onto the job market twice or maybe three times in their entire lives. These loyal, steady souls take on one job, for one company, then hold onto that position for dear life, moving up through the ranks internally (if at all) and almost never heading out into the mean streets and attempting to win over an employer from the ground up. Other people hold many positions throughout their working lives, but while they’re employed, they focus only on the job they have. They put the blinders on and don’t contemplate alternatives until they become bored or get laid off.
You, on the other hand, fit into neither of these categories. You are a restless, searching soul, and no matter where you are at any given point in your career, you’re always looking into the future and staying open to whatever comes next. Even as you invest fully in the projects of the moment, you keep your antenna up and stay tuned in to new opportunities. Employers who admire this quality call you “ambitious.” Those who don’t probably call you an “opportunist.” But it doesn’t matter. You are what you are, and in your case, this means you’re always on the job market —seven days a week, twelve months a year.
If this description fits your profile, make sure your resume is poised to take you wherever you’re headed next. And keep in mind that the next destination on the map should still reflect a match for your skills and personality, no matter how long you intend to stay there. Keep these tips in mind.
Resume Tips for Chronic Job Hunters
Here are some tips for avid job seekers—the types of people who are consistently looking for new opportunities.
1. Don’t alienate recruiters. Recruiters can be your closest friends and allies during your ongoing job search, so don’t annoy them by seeming flaky, self-motivated, and unreliable. Stay in their good graces by keeping your resume focused on what you have to offer, not what you’re looking for. And keep conversations about salary to a minimum. Nobody likes a restless climber who focuses only on money—but every recruiter likes an ambitious climber who makes him proud and makes him look good in front of his clients.
2. Keep your summary focused on concrete details, not generalities. Describe your position (both current and desired) using focused, industry-specific terms. Don’t describe yourself as a “hard-worker” or a “go-getter.” Too much of this and your readers will decide that your job search is never-ending and therefore half-hearted. Frame your search as though it’s an urgent, once-in-a-lifetime event for you, not a listless and static state of existence.
3. Don’t list every one of your previous positions in your job history. Select only the positions that are the most relevant to the one you’re pursuing. Keep your dates of employment accurate of course, but don’t include every single chapter of your storied working life.
4. Customize your list of special skills. With a complex job history like yours, it’s possible that you’ve become reasonably proficient at lots and lots of things. You may or may not have deep expertise in one area, but you’ve probably had exposure to plenty of workplaces, cultures, policies, business models, and software platforms. So don’t overwhelm your readers. Keep your list short and memorable.
5. The most important rule for chronic job seekers is simple: Update. Keep your resume fresh, and don’t keep using the same document year after year and submission after submission. For a breath of fresh air, visit LiveCareer right now and use the Resume Builder on the sight to bring new life to your formatting, text, and presentation.