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I'm not getting call backs on apps. I've submitted, I'm assuming because my resume' looks like I can't stay at one place for long. The 2 permanent jobs I had I was at each for 2 years.
I find it interesting that many people "blame their resume" as if the resume weren't telling the truth. The truth is that your resume is reflecting the reality of your work history -- you have been working for 7 years and have had 9 jobs. Your resume "looks like" you haven't maintained a long term job because in reality, you haven't. Your "enemy" is not your resume as much as it is you real work history. Until you realize that, you won't be focused on the right challenge to overcome.
I would probably just list the 4 permanent positions on your resume -- and then make a statement on your resume that you filled 5 temporary positions while job-searching. I would also comment briefly in your cover letter, emphasizing that the 5 temporary positions were posted as temporary positions and that you took them for short-term income and to maintain your skills while you were searching for a permanent position, finishing school or whatever. I would also emphasize that your reasons for job-hopping have resolved and that you are ready to settle-down into a long-term, permanent position.
Remember ... you need to convince them that your life is stable now, you have been a high performer in the past, and that you have no problems (such as transportation) that will prevent you from working for them for several years. Your past record indicates just the opposite of the image you want to convey. So, emphasize that you have entered a new phase of your life.
Good luck. You have a big challenge to overcome.