Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 2, 2014
You cannot change your work history, but you can work to turn this negative impression by employers into a positive one. First, own up to your work history. Explain that you know that you have bounced around between several jobs, but the reason is that you have yet to find a situation in which you feel you can thrive. Don't' dwell on the circumstances of each job, but compile them into an overall message of 'my past jobs, for a variety of reasons, did not allow me to be the best I can be'. Now you are taking the steps to reinevent yourself, so to speak, and find a work culture in which you can maximize your full potential. Many companies will find it admirable that you have the courage to take this step mid-career.