Dear J.T. & Dale: I have several gaps in my employment history. Also, my last job was in Branson, Missouri, and my prior job was in San Diego. I am now in Palm Springs. Can I omit the city were I worked on my resume but keep the other information? – Bernice
J.T.: Well, Bernice, I doubt that where you’ve lived and worked is the issue.
DALE: I agree that it’s not THE issue. But employers are looking for someone who’ll be around awhile, and they know that people who’ve recently relocated are, statistically speaking, more likely to relocate in the coming year.
J.T.: But more important than relocation is the recruiter’s need to be able to connect the dots in your work history and see that it leads to a logical reason to hire you.
DALE: Before you can connect the dots, you have to find them. What skills did you develop in each job? What did you accomplish for your employer? Once you have a list, you can put ones that connect into a career narrative. Just remember that the goal of this exercise is to sell something that companies want to buy.
J.T.: Being new to town, you probably don’t have much of a network to call upon. So you’re going to have to contact managers at employers who might need your skills and ask for advice on the best way to present yourself to their companies. That’s the kind of proactive marketing that job searching takes these days. Sitting back and applying online is easy but unlikely to be effective. Instead, build a network by seeking local advice.
DALE: That’s where being new to town can be an advantage. There’s still the kindness of strangers, and that’s why you can leave the names of cities on your resume. Start by following J.T.’s advice, and once you are meeting managers and explaining the logic of your career, it will be easy to explain why you picked their city as a place to live – after all, they picked it, too.
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