Short term work is often overlooked by many job seekers. Because of this idea that only long term experiences matter and have the potential to add value to resumes, many candidates tend to be ashamed to list these short term experiences during their job search process. However, Short term experiences have the power to make a strong impact and land you the job you want.
Let’s explore how to make the most of short term work on your resume.
Do not be ashamed
When it comes to short term experience, everything matters. What often hinders shop seekers is the belief that their experience is irrelevant or will not make them look good. Do not be afraid to step outside of that box. Sit down and list all of them. It can be easy to forget about some of our experiences and leave them under the rug while they have the potential to increase our chances of getting hired.
Many young professionals find it beneficial acquire experience through temp jobs. Don’t be ashamed of your short term work experience. Every experience is valuable and can equip you with the tools you need to execute your next, long term positions.
Magnify your value
In order to make the most out of your short term experiences, it is important to highlight your value through the description of our different responsibilities/tasks. It won’t matter if you only worked part time for a 3 month contract if you can truly show that the experience you have gained while doing so has given you qualifications that you will be able to carry with you to your future position. Be specific. Quantifying is alwaysa great idea and will help bring more weight to your resume.
Be honest and open
Do not try to make your experiences seem like something they are not. Be honest about what you have learned without pretending to have more experience than you really have. Open up about what you want/need to learn from the job you are applying for. Be open about it!
Short term experience is a powerful tool when you use it wisely. They help fill in the gaps in your resume and add value to your portfolio.
Take advantages of them and use them to increase your chances of landing your dream job.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints.