by Matt Alderton | March 14, 2013
Usually, more is better. Unless, of course, you’re talking about jobs on your resume, in which case a high number could come at a high cost.

“The danger is that you’ll come across as flaky or unreliable,” Nancy Friedberg, president of executive coaching firm Career Leverage, tells FORTUNE magazine contributor Anne Fisher.

Although it could hamper your job prospects in some circumstances, changing jobs frequently doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, having had numerous positions can actually be advantageous, according to Fisher — provided you know how to tell your story, the key to which is having and communicating a good reason for every move you make.

“Job hopping is only a problem if it seems to be random,” Friedberg tells Fisher. “But if you have a good reason for each of the moves you made — whether it was increased responsibility, a deepening of a specialization, or to pick up new skills that make you more marketable — then you’ll most likely be seen as a fast-tracker, not a job hopper.”

To paint yourself as a fast-tracker instead of a job hopper, craft a resume that reads like a narrative. Concludes Friedberg: “Your resume should tell a story, rather than just being a chronological laundry list of all the jobs you've held, which is very boring anyway.”

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