How many jobs have you changed for now? Is frequent change of job flexibility for further rise and development or a bad habit and a slowdown? Do you prefer to be on the job for years, or every 2-3 years for example, you change the workplace? We believe that each of us can find himself in one of these two categories. However, what does this mean to people who read our CVs?
A large number of jobs in the CV, for a short time, will for sure leave an impression to every employer and raises the question – why? Between the two candidates that one of them worked in a company for 6 years and the second, with same qualities, for six years has changed six or ten jobs, who would you hire? Checking CVs of candidates is certainly good, but what gives us the “excuse” that every three months, six months or a year we change jobs?
The changes – good or bad?
Changes are not always bad, and not always guarantee the poor quality of, but there is inevitably of the question how can we recognize someone is a quality worker if there is no guarantee the stability and durability behind. This does not mean that you should not change employment, changes are sometimes necessary and good, but if some things in your life are constantly repeated, like a constant changing of work, but even if the reasons for changing jobs more or less repetitive, it is certain that this has something to do with yourselves. Consider what the reasons of these changes are, whether it is good for you or not, how you influence on it and how you can change your life. On the either side, exaggeration is certainly not good.
Searching for the right job or area of work
As we mentioned earlier, change is not always bad, it can help us to find what we are interested in and in what we are good or what we would like to deal with. Sometimes it is necessary because through the work we actually getting to know ourselves and we can see what more lies to us, as it is often in the case when we are still quite young, at the beginning of the career and when we are still unsure which is the ideal job for ourselves.
However, if you have already been behind a solid period of service and continue to modify the job because you’re not sure what you want to do or it is not so important for you, the employer may reasonably ask you, how long will you stay at the next job, and can he rely on you. Simply, the people who want to progress in business are expected to know what they want to deal with and that clearly go towards that goal.
The desire for improvement and advancement
The need for growth and development in the professional and the personal sphere of life is not imposed, but a step that we need to keep with the times in which we live. With the development of technology it also develops the need to improve ourselves and that facilitates us to live and work. There is also a desire for progress, which is adorned with good workers. All this does not last since yesterday so the employer is clear that the search of own time in own career is a part of maturation, and often the first job does not remain the last. The desire for advanced training and promotion can be quite legitimate reasons for changing jobs, if at current employer that’s not enabled or in the other companies there is a possibility for faster progress.
On the other hand, if you really often change jobs and you substantiate that with these reasons, your potential future employer may ask did you know to watch long term for now and did you perhaps give the opportunity to your ex companies to know you better and to feel results of your work for a longer period. Or you are simply impatient and watch on work for a short time and only in part of your own interests?
Higher wages or more benefits at work
Again quite a logical thing – higher wages and benefits at work are often associated with the promotion, so in that sense it is associated with the previous paragraph of this article. And it is quite normal to want to progress and work on it to get better working conditions for yourself and this may involve the changes of the job.
However, here, too, the question of whether you as long as you stay at previous jobs, see a that as a long term investment or simply switching “from flower to flower,” as soon as it encounters a little more interesting offer? Nobody should you mind if changing the job because of significantly better working conditions, but if you often go to another company because of the small increase in salary or relatively small benefits then you leave the impression of a person who does not know how to look at the long term or the person who is always unhappy. Especially if you because of small benefits “now and immediately” leave the good and reputable companies that could be nice to professionally develop. The good companies need people who are thinking about their benefits but in the long run, these are the people that the company can rely, and who have more opportunities to get ahead in business.
Poor company’s relations and unfair business
If you have problems in relationships with colleagues or boss, working atmosphere and operating company are bad or company fails in fulfillment obligations to employees, perhaps it is really time to change the job. Such a change can be quite good.
However, if a change (almost) any of your business comes because of dissatisfaction with the employer, collective or work conditions, be well to consider what the problem is and how you influence on it. Simply, if we constantly have problems in relationships with people, it is certain that a larger or smaller part of the problem is in ourselves, because for the fight always takes two. And to solve it it is always better to start from ourselves and to work on it, because other people are unlikely to change. Also, you might also choose whether you choose the employers in a good way. In fact, you also choose in a greater or lesser extent, an employer and you may need to evaluate better whether it is a company that will suit you and that operates correctly. We can never be sure what we are actually waiting at work and misjudgments are quite possible, but if you repeatedly choose the company from which you are going resigned, it’s time to ask yourself where you make mistakes.
Crises in the company
If the company is in such a crisis that the working conditions are unbearable, you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, or is simply a situation bad enough and you might have better offer than this, it may be logical to change your job.
On the other hand, if you have a habit of leaving the company at the first signal of the crisis and this is repeated from job to job, your next potential employer will rightly ask whether you are the person to whom you can rely. Because the ups and downs are a normal part of the business of each company and are therefore are the important are people who will go first to escape from the ship when the storm comes. Good employers need reliable people who will be there when things are not so great and work in a team on how to fix the company out of the crisis, which is especially important if you aspire to higher and managerial functions. If we go back to the metaphor of the boat, you will recall that the captain always stays the last on ship and if it is good and has a good crew, the ship can also pass through the storm. The question is – do you have material for a captain?
The transition to the competitive companies
The transition from one to another company in the same industry (for example, from one to another insurance company) may be convenient for both you and the prospective employer because you already know the way of working in this industry; you have the experience and some knowledge.
However, if your background shows a history of frequent switching from one to another competitive company, your potential new employer will likely first ask how much long you are going to stay at his company before you go to the competitive one. If you employs the operational positions, this may be of less importance, but if you aspire to one of management or sales position, then this is probably a bad recommendation. The transition to the competition you are taking with you skills of a company, contact partners, after all some people withdraw the other people from the company with them, and it’s not something that employers want. Good companies are building teams of reliable and loyal people and the question is whether this is you.
All in all, when you change the job you have to be ready but you have to be confident in the correctness of the decisions that need to change jobs. And if you think the decision is correct, make the most of the time “between jobs” as best you can-overlay it and if you cannot, then use changing jobs to transition to the desired position make it less risky. For example, if you have ten years the marketing department of a corporation, and you want to be an entrepreneur, it carries considerable risk. But if you are currently out of work, it is a good time to try out your own, do not know what work is for you until you try it. Don’t you? Working nothing is much larger failure.
However, this should not be an encouragement to change jobs without the need to escape from the problems that may are ultimately solvable. Nothing is perfect, not even the workplace, boss, team … or all of that what from time to time make us think about going “somewhere else.” The ability of adaptation, learning and training are precisely the qualities that can isolate us from the “sea of people” and made employees from us as everybody would like. So, do not be afraid to change your job if it’s good for your long-term career. But if changing jobs becomes almost your daily life and you feel that it becomes a problem – ask yourself, because we are often part of the problem, though often it is not even anything to us.
Do you realize how you are contributing to the problem? It’s the best thing that can happen because you cannot change the world but you can yourselves. Sometimes this will involve changing the job, and sometimes should instead of that change your work habits. Basically, most of the keys to solving the problems are in ourselves.
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