Last summer I joined the great legion of those who have been called into the office and “let go”,and it wasn’t by someone who looked like George Clooney. I immediately updated my resume and started a-hunting, but like many people here I’ve had little success.
I’ve spent the weekend updating the resume again to be punchier and with more actions words and solid results, etc., but a friend of mine I consulted yesterday pointed out something: I graduated college in 1986 and had a steady job for eleven years after that, and since 2000 I’ve been mostly a freelancer and contracter (some for jobs of nearly two years), but it looks like I’ve been skipping around a bit too much, she thinks. I had left off my first longterm job because a) it’s not on a path I want my career to take now, and b) I didn’t want people to know I’m in my forties in this economy (I don’t look it in person but I need to get the interview first).
Now I’m wondering if this was a good idea, and if maybe I look like a screwup rather than a freelancer. Thoughts?