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How to handle the appearance of job-hopping?

So I was hired for and accepted a position with an ACO. Three weeks into the new job, my employer pulled the plug on the program for which I was hired. Now the work I am doing is not the job for which I was hired and I hate it. I am actively looking for a new position. My question is, how do I indicate this on my resume? I don't want to seem like a job hopper, but this was beyond my control.


Topic Expert
Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

Write - "Program eliminated in cost cutting decision"

(CFO) |

From my perspective, "job hopping" appears to be the accepted norm these days. Completely the opposite of what I was ever taught as a potential employee as well as a hiring manager.

I've been aced out of a couple of opportunities lately where, in checking the successful candidates Linkedin profile, I find they have changed employers every 18 to 24 months!

Whereas, I've been with my current employer for going on sixteen years. :-(

And, I've known individuals who change employers every six to nine months that don't seem to be suffering from a lack of opportunity (financially due to the lack of benefits vesting is another story).

It's gotten so bad now that we've even developed a name for it: the "gig" economy.

Frankly, I think it's great. No long term commitments on the part of either the employer or the employee. No hard feelings if things don't work out. As long as we are all in agreement on that, there should be more opportunity for all of us without the constant groveling by either party.

If only I wasn't suspecting that my age is working against me. And, I've been offered plenty of proof of that. I recently saw and ad from a tech recruiter that included in the description: "the perfect candidate would be a recent college graduate with five to ten years experience who would still have career room to grow along with this start-up".

Wow! Just wow. :-( Why didn't he just say, old folks need not apply.

Topic Expert
Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

Because he was just smart enough to avoid massive lawsuits... not smart enough to hire the best person regardless of age....

Topic Expert
Scott MacDonald
Title: President/Owner
Company: AlphaMac Resources, Inc.
(President/Owner, AlphaMac Resources, Inc.) |

The advertisement you described and the company should be reported to your state labor department that deals with discrimination. The US DOL should also be informed. This is blatant age discrimination in hiring.

(VP Finance) |

I agree that job hopping is the norm. I am a shareholder where I work and have been there for longer than 12 years. When we got a new CEO, he hired several job hoppers to the management team (most of whom did not stick). He told me if I was good at my job, I would have worked for several different places in that time frame. Clearly for him, job hopping is expected.

I agree with Mr.MacDonald that the hiring post you refer is on edge of illegal with regard to age discrimination.

(Senior Financial Analyst) |

It's so early into this job that I think an option you should consider is completely leaving this one out of your history. You can leave a month's gap in employment history on your resume without having to explain it. In interviews just talk about the job before this one.. or once you've got your resume through and are in front of a person you can explain the cutting of the program without worrying too much. I'd venture to say that if your gap is 3 months and longer you might need to include this job on your resume.

Talie Birnberg
Title: HR
Company: RMS
(HR, RMS) |

I would term it as a project, consulting or temporary assignment if it were worthy of placing on your resume. I see this a lot with tech resumes.


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