When older workers look at an X-ers* resume they often conclude, “A job-hopper,” or “No loyalty there.” The work history may look fragmented to an older hiring manager but makes perfect sense to the X-er. The outdated wisdom about resumes was that they should reflect longevity within a given organization. For X-ers, the organization is a place to learn new skills and build experience, a springboard to a new opportunity there or elsewhere. Many X-er’s resume reflect this reality, showing five or six jobs within the span of years.
From Love’em or Lose’em – Getting good people to stay by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
*X-ers refers to Generation X as labeled in the novel (Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture) written by Vancouver author Douglas Copeland