How To Answer ‘Why Have You Had So Many Jobs? Jobs
I have a good work background, but unfortunately I’ve had three short-term jobs in a row.
In the first case, I took the job and a year later the company shut down. Then my next job went away because the company’s biggest client was bought. That job lasted 19 months. I got another job quickly and it was a good job, but they split off my business unit and laid everybody off after two years.
I’m job-hunting now. I am able to get interviews, so that’s good, but then they ask me “Why have you had so many jobs?”
Something about that question immediately puts me on the defensive. It’s not really that many jobs, and I have good reasons for leaving every job. How should I answer “Why have you had so many jobs?” without feeling like I’m apologizing for business decisions that had nothing to do with me?
You said the key word: feeling.
You want to answer the question “Why have you had so many jobs?” without experiencing the feeling of embarrassment or regret about your career that would make you stumble over your words.
You want to answer the question feeling relaxed and happy, because your career history is fantastic and you’ve learned so much.
You will answer the question “Why have you had so many jobs?” with a smile on your face and in your voice when you know you have nothing to apologize for. Getting to that place where you can own and feel great about every step on your path is a process.
It doesn’t happen all at once, because it isn’t like acquiring intellectual knowledge. It’s a recognition in your body that you are fine and always have been and always will be, regardless of what any other person thinks of you.
Getting to that accepting place requires reflection. Think back through the twists and turns in your career so far. Have you learned from those experiences — including the jolt of being told you no longer have a job? Of course you have learned from those experiences. What have you learned? You’ve gotten stronger over the years — but you have to feel that strength in order to use it.
You are a survivor. You have triumphed over adversity numerous times. You have to feel your power before anyone else will see it.
If you grovel and apologize, you will reinforce the false idea that somehow you are to blame for your zigzag career path.
You must be a sub-standard employee somehow or you wouldn’t have changed jobs so many times. Is that story true? No! It is completely false. You are an awesome employee and you’ve proved it over and over again in new settings, rolling with punches and growing your muscles along the way!
Interviewer: Why have you had so many jobs, Blaine?
You: Great question! Over the past few years I’ve worked a series of one-to-two-year assignments, mostly because of corporate spin offs and mergers. I’m not sure I would’ve chosen to change jobs so often but it’s been an incredible experience. The variety of projects I’ve been able to work on, the tools I’ve learned and the problem-solving I’ve been able to do — I’m very grateful for all that learning.
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Your energy behind the words is more important than the job titles and dates on your resume.
Your belief in yourself is the whole deal. If you fear the question “Why have you had so many jobs?” your fear will dis-empower you.
Practice answering the question “Why have you had so many jobs?” and any other question that makes you feel defensive. Get used to answering these questions confidently and casually, and remember that not every interviewer or company deserves your talents.
Anybody who is afraid to hire you because you’ve changed jobs too often for their taste is not the right manager for you.
Most of us have a hard time stepping into our power. We have been taught that other people — especially supervisors, hiring managers, HR folks and recruiters — are more powerful than we are. We forget that we are exactly as powerful as we give ourselves permission to be. Other people have nothing to do with it!
All the best,
Courtesy: By Liz Ryan, Source link