Ideally, you want to show the potential employer that you are able to stay committed and dedicated to your job. For any role that you held that was less than one year, add an italicized item next to it to explain the reason. For instance:
Office Manager - Interim
Paralegal - Temporary
Guest Services Associate - Seasonal
Project Manager - Contract
By doing this, you are acknowledging that you were there for less than a year, showing that there was a reason for it and that you would be happy to discuss it.
Similarly, if you held more than one part-time or freelance role at the same time, try to minimize confusion for the reader by making it seem as much like a long-term, full-time role as possible. A few ways to do this:
- Merge multiple short-term or freelance projects into one position under a Self-Employment or Consulting category.
- If one position was more senior or relevant to the type of role you plan to apply to, list it first and bulk the section up. You can then include a part-time/shorter term role underneath it, and add the appropriate designation. For instance:
Human Resources Analyst Feb. 2010 - Dec. 2013
Benefits Administrator – Contract Jan. 2011 - Mar. 2011
Remember, most people have some sort of gap, overlap or other non-traditional item in their work history. The goal of the resume is to present the most relevant and impressive information while burying the potential red flags, placing less emphasis on these items.