Dear Lost: I can see from your résumé that you have held seven positions between 2002 and 2013. That really is not terrible considering the economy and what has become the “norm” of layoffs in almost every candidate’s background. There are some things you can do however to minimize the appearance of being seen as a job-hopper.
First, you have included months and years of experience. Instead, only include years of employment with each engagement. So, instead of saying you were with a company from August 2012 to February 2013, simply list 2012 to 2013. By doing this you immediately eliminate being seen as a short-term employee. In addition, your experience suddenly looks more valuable as a potential employer will not know if you were employed for seven months or two years. Once you change your dates to only years, you can also remove short-term positions that do not add value to your candidacy.
For instance, once presenting only years of employment you could remove your temporary data entry role through a staffing agency. As this position does not add any additional value to your candidacy, omitting it and demonstrating your data entry skills elsewhere, would benefit the picture of your candidacy on paper. Lastly, improve the presentation of your background to glean additional time in the screening process, being sure to not only present the basics of your role, but how you performed above expectations. Through a combination of content and design, potential employers will start seeing your great experience instead of your frequent job hops.