My work experience is fragmented for a few reasons:
1. In the Bay area dot.com boom, even very young professionals were hired away from their first jobs quickly
2. In the post dot.com bust, it was hard to find anything that didn't fold ( at least for me)
3. Recently, my company moved to another state.
That means that, aside from my 2+ year stint in the Peace Corps, all my work experience (we're talking almost 6 years) is fragmented to periods equal to or less than one year).
While, I know that I need to be forthcoming about this- especially at schools that ask for you to account for all your time since college- I am afraid of looking like a real fruitball who can't keep a job!
Besides using an essay to explain this, can anyone recommend a good way to make this experience seem more logical/seamless/acceptable? (eg: using a functional resume).
Also, at some schools, I may be able use the years instead of months on my resume... would you recommend against this?
I think you will have to address your job changes since you left the Peace Corps, perhaps in the context of working in IT from boom to bust. The schools certainly know about the dot-com bubble and bomb. Try to focus on what you have learned from the experience.
Yes, use years as long as the schools don't ask for months. I'm not sure if a functional resume will work, although you can try it. Normally when I see a functional resume from a young person, I suspect the young person is trying to hide something.
Finally, ask your recommenders to comment on your short periods of employement and say that they would have loved to have had you as an employer for much longer, but blah blah blah.
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