Just an idea - kind of outside the box. But do you have to have every job on your resume? You could have gaps on your resume and explain them as "I spent a few years working and travelling. I would have a job for a while until I saved up enough to travel and then off I went, travelling. I was young and wanted to see the world."
To answer your question I would say if a hiring panel were deciding against one person who had just 1 long term job and another with a resume filled with jobs then they might look at the more stable prospect as a better option. But the prospect that's had an interesting life and done some travelling whilst he was young that might be a different story.
Another option - I know a friend (not a fire applicant) who got rid of a bunch of smaller jobs from his resume and just said he was self employed for a while. Just need to come up with something you can do, and a good reason for why you stopped, but when they go searching for references, well hey you were self employed so there are none...
Last edited by DWilliams : 06-08-2014 at 05:08 AM.