How to not look like a job hopper?

Hello - 

I am an experienced professional within my industry. The companies that I have been fortunate enough to work for all look good on the resume.

But, I have only stayed at each company for a year and a half at most (1 year minimum). My resume shows signs as a 'job-hopper'.

I joined another well-known organization not too long ago. I am more than grateful to be here. I am learning a lot and doing meaningful work. But, I must admit, I discovered that my favorite company has a new job opening in my field of work, and it has me really intrigued.

To be fair... I have had this main goal to work at my favorite company for a while now. I know I’m only on the outside looking in, and the grass may be greener. But I am huge huge fan of the company/Product. 

They finally have a new opening for a role that is very similar to what I am doing now. 

With my time lasting less than a year at my current role, and my 'short' stints elsewhere, I fear it may raise some red flags.

I plan to apply for that new opening. If I am lucky enough to interview with that company, how can I respond to any questions about my average job tenure? I am passionate about that company, and I would emphasize that I would love to stay at this org to grow with for a very long time. But, my resume would negate all of that. 

I'm excited to apply! If I am lucky enough to go through the interview process with them, I just don't want the 'job-hopper' status to be the main deciding factor for hiring/not hiring. 

I can say it truly is privilege to continue with my current company. I just wouldn't want to miss this opportunity to work for my favorite company (and  hope for another opening a year+ from now). After following this company for the past 2-3 years, this is the first job opening that  they posted in which I align with the responsibilities, am qualified for, and am interested in.

I am 10000% positive that this role is where I want to be long term. My resume shows I don't know what long term means. Am I rushing? How bad will this actually look to the company i am applying to work for?

Any thoughts?

How can I respond to any questions about my average job tenure?

Just about any resume negative can be explained as long as you tell the right story. In your case, it's clear that you're not looking to make a big career change and switching jobs (this is harder to explain). Instead, you're saying that you like the role you're in but you're looking for more opportunities to grow and you're super passionate about the company you're applying for. Leaning into this narrative should be sufficient because you're emphasizing that you're only interested in leaving your current company because your dream employer finally has an opening. 

I'd suggest applying. Worst case, you don't hear back but you tried. Best case, you're brought in for the interview and you have a solid explanation in your back pocket.

 Best of luck!