Job Tenure and Your Career

Today’s credit professionals are more likely to change jobs multiple times
during their careers than their predecessors. While a change can be an exciting
possibility, it may also have its drawbacks, however, if pursued too frequently.
As you consider making a leap, it’s important to weigh how it could affect your
future employment opportunities.

In a recent survey by Robert Half International, 87% of chief financial
officers said that a candidate’s tenure with past employers is a key factor when
evaluating that person for a position. Here are some issues to consider if
you’re contemplating a move:

  • How will my resume look? Whether your goal is a higher
    salary, better working hours, or a different location, it’s smart to evaluate
    how future employers will view a job change. Hiring managers may see tenure as a
    sign of your professional loyalty. Remember, short tenure in multiple positions,
    particularly when the moves are in rapid succession, may raise a red flag with
    hiring managers and damage your future job prospects.
  • Is a new firm necessary? Often the urge to change companies
    is rooted in a need for new professional challenges. However, satisfying this
    need doesn’t always require a move. You might discuss with your supervisor your
    desire for more responsibility or a new type of work, and ask whether such
    opportunities exist within your firm. If you are seeking increased compensation,
    raise the issue, particularly if you have performed well or feel you are
    underpaid.
  • Maintain positive relationships. When you decide it’s time
    to leave your current position, be sure to do so on good terms. An open, upbeat
    conversation with your supervisor — perhaps highlighting how your job has helped
    you grow professionally as well as why you’ve decided to move on — can soothe
    any uneasy feelings regarding your choice. It’s smart not to burn bridges, as
    you may need a positive reference or even decide you’d like to work for your
    boss or the firm again in the future. A frank, positive conversation can go a
    long way in ensuring that your departure is professional and that you’re leaving
    in the best possible light.

Source: Robert Half Financing and Accounting and
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