Job-Hopping and Over-Staying

19th September 2013

In times gone by, a CV peppered with short stints in jobs would have been laughed out of the hiring manager’s office. Long stints of loyalty and commitment were worth their weight in gold – but that’s an almost impossible feat in the modern workplace. Now we have to balance the risk of being seen as a job-hopper against the risk of being deemed unmotivated and static.

With the job market as it is, positions can become stagnant very quickly and very permanently. Statistics outline that you can earn up to a fifth more if you’re coming into a company, than being promoted to the same level from within your existing workplace. Salaries tend to plateau at middle-age, so making the push for a higher paying job is best undertaken when approaching your forties, it can be difficult to grasp after that.

Career consultants also commented that staying in one job for a long time can be detrimental to your profile, raising questions on how well you’ll be able to adapt after such a long period of familiarity. Generally speaking – long stints in one job can be made valuable by moving with the times, earning promotions and gaining responsibility. Keeping yourself marketable (and your skills up to date) is a sure fire way to quell any naysayers about long employment.

Statistics show that four and a half years is the average employment stay for most workers, but for the younger employees than the figure falls by around half. advertise hundreds of jobs every month from small, medium and large organisations.