Should I stay or should I go? Most people face this question about their job at least once in their career. Some face it monthly. I happen to be at my fifth job in 18 years.
However, some résumés I see today are loaded with as many as seven jobs in 10 years.
Changing jobs frequently is not good for your career. There are many reasons to stay in your job, even if you really want to leave.
First, too many jobs likely means that the employee is a potential malcontent who leaves at the first sign of trouble. That is a definite red flag for any employer. Working through adversity builds experience.
Second, organizations value loyalty. Those who stay always have a leg up on those who are new. Prove yourself and show your loyalty.
Finally, the dirty little secret about job longevity is that the position gets easier the longer you stay. After five years or more at the same place, you have a great sense what to expect each day, how to get ahead, and how to succeed.
Greg Wilson is SVP at Levick Strategic Communications.
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