"You want to assure the employer that you're not trying them on for size and that you're not going to be off in a couple of months," she says.
If you got fired from a job or left an employer, you could acknowledge that the job didn't work out because it wasn't a good fit, says Kursmark. She suggests discussing what you learned from the experience and why you won't ever make the same mistake again.
The purpose of all of these tactics: combat the perception that you're a risky candidate. By playing up your accomplishments and contributions and by downplaying dates of employment on your résumé, you can turn a sketchy work history into a non-issue.
"If you don't focus on your job hopping," says Perry, "employers aren't going to focus on it either."
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