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Old 06-23-2012, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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My resume is very good, except for the last two jobs. I worked for one company for 5 years, the next 6 years. I made a move into a different industry and lasted one year at the job before I was put on notice.

Luckily I found a new job that I was really excited to move into. A few months later, the job is not at all what it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be a remote position and I was supposed to receive intense training. Sadly this didn't happen, I am commuting over an hour each way and I am floundering. Again, put on notice.

I have an interview this week, and am worried how to talk about my job hopping over the last two jobs. I haven't been in my current position for long, and know that it is not going to work out. Suggestions?
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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I don't think you should be concerned. Your first two jobs had lengthy tenures. I'm not sure what you mean by "put on notice" for the third job, but the fourth could simply be explained the way you told it here. If they ask, just say the position was not as advertised.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Good point, thanks!
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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My resume is very good, except for the last two jobs. I worked for one company for 5 years, the next 6 years. I made a move into a different industry and lasted one year at the job before I was put on notice.

Luckily I found a new job that I was really excited to move into. A few months later, the job is not at all what it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be a remote position and I was supposed to receive intense training. Sadly this didn't happen, I am commuting over an hour each way and I am floundering. Again, put on notice.

I have an interview this week, and am worried how to talk about my job hopping over the last two jobs. I haven't been in my current position for long, and know that it is not going to work out. Suggestions?

I wouldn't worry about it at all. It is much more acceptable and common nowadays than it was in the past. I'd be surprised if they even mention it; as you are likely to have job hopped less than your rivals for whatever position you interview for.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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I usually leave jobs after a year and a half to two years. Five years or six years is definitely not "job hopping."

Not that "job hopping" is a bad thing. It hasn't kept me from finding work other places.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I usually leave jobs after a year and a half to two years. Five years or six years is definitely not "job hopping."

Not that "job hopping" is a bad thing. It hasn't kept me from finding work other places.
That I realize. The last two jobs I had less than a year which is my concern. I am most concerned of them asking the question why I am searching for a new job after being with this job for three months.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I've "job-hopped" pretty much throughout my professional career, having been through 5 (going on 6) jobs in the last 5 1/2 years... since I had valid reasons for the hopping, i.e. temporary positions and layoffs, that's what I put on the application if asked. I've yet to be asked in an interview, except once recently when they questioned why I was looking for a new job (since I'm already employed) - all I had to say was "It's part-time and technician instead of librarian," and they all nodded in approval. I got a call-back for another interview from them, and an offer from another library, so I guess it doesn't hurt your chances! As long as you have GOOD reasons for leaving those jobs, I don't think anyone will care much. As another poster said above, having multiple jobs in a short period is fairly common these days.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Depending on the industry, layoffs are very common today. In fact, I would be willing to bet it's a valid excuse in many professions. I'm sure many potential employers have seen resumes that show several different jobs listed for the past half a decade.

Then again, I had an interview about half a year ago where the potential employer made mention of the number of jobs I had listed. I made mention of the fact that I was working some of those jobs consecutively. Didn't get a call back for that one. Every potential employer is different. It all depends on the type of worker they are in need of. With employers laying off so many workers, I kinda wonder why they are so concerned about longevity. I never take a job and expect it to last over a couple years these days... So what, employers can hire and fire at will without thinking twice, but us workers shouldn't be able to move from one job to another at will??? It's a two way street...
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Well had the interview today. And EVERY person (I interviewed with 6 people) asked the questions. So just be warned, prepare to answer!
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