Katie asks: “How do you confidently talk about three job changes plus a lay off that I have experienced over the last four years? Not what I envisioned by all means having a 20 year career history in the same field. Additionally, I am in a fairly new job now and it is clear to me that it is a dead end so I am targeting companies I want to work for and plan on landing my final dream job. I am and have been successful in each role with numerous achievements. I just keep choosing companies with internal discrepancies that are not clearly divulged.”
This is such a great question, and Katie is not alone. The issue of short stints on a resume came up for a recent coaching client as well – a marketing professional moved from traditional employment to consulting/ self-employed and wanted to tie together his disparate projects. I suspect we’ll see this phenomenon more and more often as the side gig/ “uber economy” becomes a way of life. So, if the issue is just about short bursts of employment, then be assured that companies are increasingly open to this.