Minimize Work History Gaps on Your Resume with Temporary Assignments

While you are looking for your dream job, temporary work in your industry/occupation can keep your employment history current, especially if you have worked for a staffing company in the past.

Let’s say you are an administrative assistant and you are looking for a long-term admin role at a firm downtown, but you took a year off or were laid off and there is a big gap in your work history. If, in the past, you worked for a staffing agency, NW Staffing, for example, consider taking on temporary admin assignments while searching for your dream job. In that scenario, you could structure your resume like this:

Northwest Staffing Resources, Portland, Oregon 4/2011 – 7/2013 | 9/2014 – Present

Job Title, Current Company/Client Name (9/2014 – Present)
Job duties
Accomplishments

Job Title, Former Company/Client Name (4/2011 – 7/2013)
Job duties
Accomplishments

In this example, even though there is still an employment gap, it is less noticeable and, more importantly, it shows that the staffing company wanted you to work for yet another client. It is a testament that the staffing company appreciates your work, work ethic and personality, so other companies can extrapolate that they would probably like you too. This strategy also speaks to the fact that many employers are bias towards hiring employed people – the thought is, if someone else loves you enough to employ you, they probably will love you too.

Even better, talk with your staffing recruiter about the possibility of returning to a company you have worked on assignments for in the past. If that works out, you could structure your resume like this:

Company Name (via NW Staffing Resources), Portland, Oregon 4/2011 – 7/2013 | 9/2014 – Present

Job Title (9/2014 – Present)
Job duties
Accomplishments

Job Title (4/2011 – 7/2013)
Job duties
Accomplishments

OR, if the job you returned to was exactly the same, with regards to job duties:

Company Name (via NW Staffing Resources), Portland, Oregon 4/2011 – 7/2013 | 9/2014 – Present

Job Title (9/2014 – Present and 4/2011 – 7/2013)
Job duties
Accomplishments

The more short jobs can be grouped together, under a common company or staffing company name, the more it appears that your work history is stable and that you are not a job-hopper.

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