Job Search Tip of the Week #7 (2017)

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The Case for the Perpetual Job Search

Part I: Why You Should Never Stop Thinking About (or Making) Your Next Career Move



Until recently, the majority of employers perceived “job hopping” to be a red flag indicating an unreliable candidate. “It used to be that people would stay at a company for life, but nowadays, if you’ve been in a company two years, you’re the seasoned professional,” says Chris Murdock, co-founder and senior partner at professional services firm IQTalent Partners. “Some even think if you’ve been at a company for five years, you should move on. That it’s too long.”

It’s not uncommon for web developers and software engineers to “job hop” approximately every two to three years to avoid stagnating technologically. In fact, with certain technology positions, job tenure is “almost irrelevant,” says Ronald Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of career mentoring site GottaMentor.com, and “the breadth of experience is far more important.”

Because technology changes rapidly and the job market’s competitive, to maintain your marketability you should never stop thinking about (or making) your next career move. However, making a career move doesn’t always encompass obtaining a new job, as you’ll see next week.


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