What's worse- employment gaps or job-hopping?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4041 posts
Honey bee

@Miss Fish:  Well, you can choose what you want/don’t want to include on your resume. The real question is, do you need the money?

If you do, then I would suggest applying for a job. Perhaps you can arrange for some time off when you go abroad or arrange for a short leave of absence and continue working after you graduate. While it may not be a job in your desired field (that you can get now), you may not be able to find employment right after you graduate, so it could help you in the meantime.

If you don’t need the money, then it’s up to you. You could get a job for the extra cash and then quit. You may want to consider leaving it off your resume and just say you focused on your academics your last semester in college. 

Post # 4
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am a registered nurse. I was an LPN, then I went back to school to get my RN.I didn’t work for a year while I went back to school, and no one batted an eye while I was applying for jobs. Most people understand if you don’t work while you’re in school. Now, if you want or need a job then I don’t think it would hurt you to have one either.

Post # 5
9204 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

If you need the money then I would apply for a job in January. But if you don’t then I wouldn’t bother. 

For me employment gaps are worse, because then I have no income whatsoever.

Post # 6
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

When you are a student, traveling etc it’s totally fine to have employment gaps IMO. In fact there is nothing wrong with them but employers want to know what you were doing with yourself during that time period. Laying around eating Bon bons? Or furthering yourself as a person? I wouldn’t bother to work a part time crap job just to keep my resume full. Traveling abroad and being a student are much more valuable. 

Post # 7
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

As a student I don’t think employment gaps look poorly. It’s not like you were sitting on your bum unmotivated to get a job – you were working on school.

Post # 9
1360 posts
Bumble bee

No one cares about employment gaps or job-hopping while you’re in school. Get another job if you need or want one.

Post # 10
466 posts
Helper bee

@Miss Fish:  Honestly, from your post, it sounds like these jobs aren’t professional jobs.  They don’t really matter to the sort of professional employer I assume you will be looking for after graduation.  Job jumping looks bad, but only if they are professional.  The jobs you have aren’t going to be that helpful to you in your job search, aside from being evidence that you can show up to work.  Additionally, if you are in school, there is no gap in the resume.  

Honestly, I would look for an internship (preferably paid) that interests you for your last semester.  You’ll get a lot of experience, and they may hire you on graduation.  If not, at least you have something that will help you in your job hunt.  I just finished the job hunt (after graduating law school) and the thing that helped me most was having a ton of internships (some of which were unpaid) and professional work experience.  The fact that I had been unemployed for 4 months didn’t hurt me at all.  (I was working retail, but I didn’t list it on my resume.)  

Get professional work experience, it will help.  

ETA:  It is perfectly normal to only work summers while your in school.  If you’ve worked or gone to school during the summer, no employer will question your employment history.  

Post # 11
3217 posts
Sugar bee

It depends on if you are working jobs that will apply to your future career. 

A resume isn’t just a list of all the jobs you’ve had.  Anything listed on your resume should be tailored to your future job.

You may enjoy a blog called ask a manager which is very helpful for job hunting and resumes/cover letters.

Post # 12
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I agree with a PP about the fact that it doesn’t matter because you can include or leave out whatever you want on your resume. I job hopped quite a bit while in university (most of mine also had nothing to do with my major) and I find there was no real disadvantage. It’s nice to be able to decide what to add to my resume and have a variety of work experience to choose from though!

Post # 13
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

Employement gaps as a student don’t matter. I have them and I have never ever had anyone question it in an interview. Employment gaps as a full-time employee out of school are a different story.

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