Does jumping from job to job hurt or help your profile? The answer is maybe.
If you are thoughtful about your career, and consider each company move as a way to increase your scope of skills and breath and depth of category expertise, and give each move time, then it can be a good thing.
If you answer every recruiter phone call and are easily lured by the promise of more money, you will end up moving every year, which will hurt your resume.
Take charge of your career. Think about what your ideal role will be in five or ten years. Take stock of the opportunities in your current company.
Will you be able to work towards a promotion? Take advantage of training? Have the opportunity to work globally?
If and only if you have outgrown the opportunities in your current company should you consider a move.
As a recruiter, we like to see longevity at companys. Ideally 2-3 years minimum. if you are moving every year, that says to me you lack commitment.
Cathleen Graham is a leader in the Human Resources field with more than 20 years experience. Formerly the Global Head of Human Resources at Ruder Finn, she currently consults for a variety of firms world wide in talent acquisition and retention, change management, executive coaching, organizational and performance management design and all aspects of human resource planning. Prior to joining Ruder Finn, Cathleen served as Senior Vice President and Global Director of Human Resources at Cohn & Wolfe and as Human Resource Director at Rubenstein PR. She can be reached on LinkedIn or Twitter via @cashcat1969.
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