Have you ever wondered, what is the perfect amount of time to stay in your job?

Being in recruitment we see resumes all day every day and one of the major turn-offs for any employer is a ‘job hopper’. Even if the individual holds the correct experience and credentials for the job and verbalizes legitimate reasons for moving, the perceived risk will inadvertently result in the employer either not progressing to an interview or worse still, not progressing to a job offer.

At the other end of the scale, we have the ‘dinosaurs’ – industry veterans with tenure up to and in excess of 20 years in the same job/ company. Although employers value loyalty, the individual is often perceived as not career orientated, not adaptable to change or not up to date with market trends (unless they can prove otherwise).

So what is the perfect amount of time to stay in your job to ensure you stay employable for the future?

The ABS reported that in 2016 the average tenure for Australian workers was 4.2 years.

There are no set rules and depending on your career stage things can differ. Here some things to consider when navigating your career:

  • Are you leaving for the right reasons (better position, develop skills, more money, closer to home)?
  • Is changing jobs now going to help or hinder your career?
  • Have you exhausted all avenues to improve your situation in your current employer?
  • Is this the right time to move on for both personal and professional reasons?
  • Will changing jobs now impact your chances of securing a new job later on?
  • Have you developed a pattern of movement in your career?
  • Are you being fearful, complacent, too comfortable by staying in this job?
  • Are you going to be employable in the future by staying a long time in this position?
  • If you were to lose your job tomorrow, how employable are you?

If this has raised any question or concerns for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me personally for some confidential career advice.

– Nicole