Looking for a new job is challenging at the best of times and while no CV is perfect, it's especially difficult when there's something in your employment history working against you.
Whether you're a job hopper, long-term unemployed or overqualified for the job you're applying for, there are still ways to accentuate the positives in your career history and maximise your chances of getting that all-important interview.
The Job Hopper
In a recent survey, 91% of Millennials said that they only plan to stay in a job for three years or less - and 71% expect to change their current job before 2020.
"Job hopping" is becoming increasingly common, and while it may show you are ambitious and open to new experiences, potential employers may naturally be worried that you may soon be looking to leave for pastures new.
But there is a way to cancel out your risk factor if you have switched jobs quite often.
If your CV does include frequent job changes in a short space of time, the focus here should be on the experience and skills gained from the different roles, responsibilities and working environments.
Write your CV focused on your achievements whilst in employment and include figures to show how you generated value for your previous employer.
This allows the Recruiter to see past your frequent job moves and instead focus on the value you could bring to a new employer.
Long-Term Unemployed Job Seekers
There are many times when people find themselves unemployed - often through no fault of their own.
Still, large periods of unemployment will raise questions for Recruitment Consultants and potential employers which you must be prepared to answer effectively.
If you have been unemployed for longer than six months there are ways to make yourself more marketable.
Make sure you find something else to do during this unemployment stage, whether it's voluntary work, embarking on a new project, whatever it is be sure to include this on your CV.
Whilst it's not a full-time job and probably not in your preferred sector, it shows that you are keen to learn new skills and use your time effectively.
Another important tip is to make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date with a professional finish.
Recruiters and hiring managers spend a lot of their time on LinkedIn and if your profile is dated or not visible, it lowers your chances of being spotted.
The Overqualified Job Seeker - How to Apply for a Job When You're Overqualified
Surely being overqualified is a good thing, right?
Actually being overqualified could hinder your chances of getting a job, as prospective employers can make confused assumptions which lead them to think you're likely to leave the job for more money or a better offer.
What's important here is to really explain your decisions for leaving your current job.
Perhaps you want a better work-life balance, or you're looking for less responsibility?
Speak to the Recruitment Consultant responsible for the job and talk them through your reasons for applying.
As well as allowing them to explain your situation to the potential employer, it will also allow them to recommend other positions which suit your requirements.
Whatever your employment situation, there's always a way to get your CV seen and your foot in the door.
Just remember that every job and every employer is different, so no matter what your experience, always tailor your CV to be as specific as possible.