By: Dan Miller

Here's a question from this week:

I received your book 48 Days To The Work You
about a week ago. I already had one
interview set up before I received the book. I did not
get the job. Something the interviewer said hit me like
a ton of bricks. Why are you looking to change jobs
after being with one company twenty seven years? I
did not really have an answer for him, but that it was
time to change jobs. He might as well have said you
need to stay where you are. It seemed that he did not
want to talk to someone that had been with one
company that long. Thanks, Dave

Yes, this does seem to be an unfair irony. Where we
once valued loyalty in a company, it can now actually
be seen as a negative. Changing jobs early and often,
job hopping, isn't the liability it once was, says Allen
Salikof, president and CEO of Management Recruiters
International, Inc. It might even be a plus.
Traditionally, employers who saw a job-hopping pattern
on a resume would pass on that candidate in favor of
one with more staying power. But job-hopping isn't
necessarily the kiss of death anymore, says Salikof.
More and more we find employers actually favoring a
candidate who has moved around. Some are even put
off by candidates who have stayed too long in one job
or one company where their skills, particularly
technological skills, have not had to keep pace with the
marketplace. "If the candidate's history shows
consistent increases in salary and responsibility, job
hopping may tag him or her as a hot property". In
some industries you may have to explain why you
stayed around so long. Talk about a reversal in
traditional thinking!

Be prepared to clearly state your reasons for making a
career change. It doesn't have to be anything
negative about your current company - just show why
you are looking for a new opportunity. There may
have been a company merger or change in leadership
that indicates it's time for you to move on. Or you may
have found that they are wanting to move you away
from your strongest areas of competence and you
clearly understand where you contribute best. Having
a clear focus makes this transition easiest for you and
to explain to a prospective employer.

More on the Job Search on pages 72-76 of 48 Days To The Work You Love:


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