Im almost afraid to touch this keyboard, I seem to have a knack for coming off as a hardnosed jerk, but here goes. The original question was...how does it look on a resume...(I believe). And most of the posts here were correct, it "looks' like someone with a job a year is a drifter after the money and has a problem with continuity. But the people that say you will still probably get a job based on your own confidence in an interview are correct. Looking out for you and yours is an admirable quality as long as you realize that if you and I are both working at the same company, and I have had 2 jobs in almost 20 years, and you have 6 jobs in 7 years and the employer is paying me 22 dollars and hour and he is paying you 32 an hour, and work gets slow....he is probably keeping me and letting you take an unpaid vacation, in the end, my constant paycheck is feeding me and mine while you are scrambling for a while till construction is back in swing. It is the turtle and the hare story in a different version. I am not saying this to be a jerk but the exact words were "you know how to play the game" and that term means what it implies. It means you see it for what it is, gambling on the odds that the jobs will hold out, gambling on the fact that the company you picked has a good business minded boss that keeps the jobs rolling in, it gambles on the fact that you know that little bit more than the next guy, or work that little bit faster. But the turtle is counting (or gambling) on the fact that his loyalty and respect will at least keep him sweeping floors and cleaning vans if there isn't a job to get to in the slow times. Neither is really 'wrong' just 2 schools of thought. As for me, I try to treat my boss as I want to be treated, with loyalty, honesty and respect, as soon as that stops happening, it is time to find a boss that will provide that, but if my boss is providing that, I would really have to think hard about jumping ship for the proverbial two birds in the bush at the risk of being considered flighty, greedy and unloyal.