Most employers rightly believe that a person’s past actions are the best predictor of their future actions, and so your professional past counts for a ton in the hiring process.
You’ve built up a past that’s now functioning as screaming warning sign employers.
The second longest is a year and a month, 2012-2013 for a security company. I blame my personality type, INTJ, and quit most positions without having another job lined up, so I have a lot of gaps in my employment history as well.
I have been through four or more staffing agencies, but cannot hold a job long enough to get on through the companies in which they had me work.
I mostly wrote about nutrition, but soon my interest in slightly more esoteric topics—such as lipidology—influenced what I wrote about.
Over the last few years competition for my time and energy have resulted in blogging being at the bottom of the priority list, somewhere just above watching reality TV (which I don’t watch) and just below rec league bocce ball (which I don’t play).
(In a follow-up study, estimates revealed that in the field of medicine, the percentage of papers without a single citation was about 46%; in the field of arts and humanities, an estimated 98% of papers go uncited.) OK, so let’s pause for a moment and regroup. The above observations lead to the inevitable conclusion that most (by volume) of the published work on Pub Med is barely fit to line the bottom of a bird cage.(In addition, self-citation accounted for up to 20% of all citations.It may not be a stretch to think that some of those solo citations came from the eponymous author[s].) On top of that, 10% of the academic journals probably got 90% of the citations.You’re going to need to stay at those jobs even when you want to quit, because you need long stays on your resume now, to counteract all those short ones.(Fortunately, at 24, you can drop a lot of those earlier jobs off your resume altogether so they won’t be haunting you for years — but you do need to replace them with much longer-term jobs.) If you build up a sustained period of stable work where you demonstrate a work ethic — whether you like what you’re doing or not — over time you’ll erase some of the damage that’s currently making you unappealing to good employers.
What all this means is that if you want to create the conditions to get interesting, challenging work, you’re going to have to engage in some serious reputation repair, and that’s going to mean sacrificing for a while.