Resume Tip Tuesday: When is it OK to Include Short Stints?

Posted March 04, 2014

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Deciding to include short stints in your resume can be tricky. On the one hand, it’s valuable experience, on the other hand it risks managers perceiving you as flighty.

We spoke with several hiring managers about how they feel when they see a candidate with short stint on their resume.

Hiring managers said that one relevant short stint is okay.

“One short stint of employment on a resume is not a big deal. Multiple short stints of employment are something else,” says Susan Hosage, MS, SPHR, HR consultant. “Once a pattern starts to appear, the applicant beings to look like the common denominator.”

Take a step back and consider your achievements from your short stints. If your achievements were impressive or if the job was at a prestigious company in your industry, list the short stint, according to Gail Abelman of Staffing Perfection.

“Maybe you were brought in to do something specific and you accomplished it in a short time frame,” Abelman says.

Again, several short stints, it can be a big red flag.

If you have multiple short stints that you think are really valuable and impressive. Bettina Seidman of SEIDBET Associates and former hiring manager, suggests including a section of “Project Work” in your resume.

“Include Project Work in chronological order on a resume, and indicate the company name, title, and time period for each short stint,” Seidman says.

Folks in the creative industry commonly have various projects or stints that are worth showcasing. This is a good way to section it off and offer links to samples.

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