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Old 02-23-2016, 08:45 AM
 
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I have a slight dilemma that I'd like some help on. Many years ago I graduated college back in 1989 with an associates degree with the plans to re-enroll and finish my bachelor's degree. I quickly found a job shortly after graduation and went straight to work. Back in 2008 or 2009 when the economy started to tank I found myself out of work with only an associates degree under my belt. I began working staffing and contract positions that would last a few months one or two would land me something permanently but the company would have a downturn and would close or lay a bunch of people off again. So, my work history has been sporadic at best. My longest stint of unemployment was a little more than a year.


In 2012 I decided to re-enroll in college to finish my bachelor's degree. I was taking night classes at a local college that focused on adults in the workforce. The classes worked for my schedule and even though I was working every now and then with contract positions that lasted a few months at best I was working. I haven't had a full time position in a while, only contract work. Nothing has lead to anything permanent. I'm about to graduate with my master's in a few months (only one class to go) and I was speaking with my sister about my resume. If I list every temp or staffing position on my resume it would push it to 4 pages long. She suggested I only go back 10 or 12 years and then at the top of the resume before my work experience to just put a statement saying something to the affect of, "For the past 4 years I have been focusing on finishing my education. In 2014 I graduated with honors for my bachelor's degree and I'm about to graduate with my master's degree in May." That statement would explain my large gap in employment. Not to say that I didn't or wasn't working but saying that instead of listing multiple contract or temporary staffing positions. Does this sound like a good idea? I've read that many employers now understand that a number of people are out of work and they do not really question large gaps in employment but if I can show that I was working on my education that would possibly give me a leg up on the next guy and not just sitting at home doing nothing. However, if need be I'd have the list of jobs I've worked to show that I haven't been totally unemployed over the last 4 years.


Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-23-2016, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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IF you had a bunch of assignments with the same agency over a long period I'd just put the staffing agency as your employer with various positions and a blanket date. This shows stability at least

Otherwise most people put

Client company (via contract agency)
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:45 AM
 
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IF you had a bunch of assignments with the same agency over a long period I'd just put the staffing agency as your employer with various positions and a blanket date. This shows stability at least

Otherwise most people put

Client company (via contract agency)
Title
Most of the assignments were with different agencies because I had my resume on a number of sites. Given that they go back some years I do not remember the names of a number of them other than knowing they were contract positions or jobs through staffing agencies.
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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hmm you might just want to keep it vague and put something like Contract work Various titles and agencies under a single entry and put your accomplishments down. It is going to hurt if you have a long list of temp jobs as employers will use that as a basis to conclude you are not fit for the traditional labor force (obnoxious I know).
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:06 AM
 
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hmm you might just want to keep it vague and put something like Contract work Various titles and agencies under a single entry and put your accomplishments down. It is going to hurt if you have a long list of temp jobs as employers will use that as a basis to conclude you are not fit for the traditional labor force (obnoxious I know).
My thinking exactly. Just not list them by name but reference that during the past 4 years or so I was focusing on my education and make mention of working a number of contract or temporary staffing positions while in school.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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You also want to spin at any job interviews that you were temping to try out various industries and jobs and build different skill sets it sounds much better than I temped because that was all I could get.
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