i had a bad couple of years in the early 2000's where i literally had 3 jobs in 4 years. i didn't plan on leaving any of them. some place want you to go out no farther than 5 years, others want your complete job list. my complete list has that rough patch in it, but it's followed by 2yrs with the same employer. i can pretty much explain every job i've been on, but if i don't get the interview i won't get the chance. though now i have a nice 3yr gap in employment to contend with. i haven't been idle, i'm about to finish my bsn.