In the past, it was a practice to continue to work in the same organization for all your life and retire from there. Today also, you are likely to find similar examples where people have worked for 25 years or more in the same company. In some family owned companies when the son takes over from the father, these people are still there carrying on the legacy. Similarly, in the public sector organizations, people do not have a choice but to continue working under the same banner. The only solace is that of a transfer to another plant of the company at a different location. The transfer may offer some change in the working environment.
In a private organization, it is perfectly normal to switch jobs. People will not take much notice of your switches when you are fresh out of college and have just begun your career. But ten years down the line the companies where you appear for the interviews may brand you as a job hopper. That may generate obstacles in your career path. Here are a few points that can help you to prove that you are committed to your career growth, yet allowing you to move on to greener pastures. These points will also help you in having a positive impact on the hiring manager, who is likely to see your contributions to the company irrespective of the time you spent there.
Smart learner: Every company that you work for will offer development opportunities to its employees. Those who are smart enough are quick to grab these. If no one offers you the learning experience you will have to seek it out from within the organization. You can also take up external classes to up your skills as the last resort. By this simple effort, you will be able to prove that your time in the company was well spent. Leading quality circles; making presentations to top management or gaining expertise in ERP operations are some of the skills that you can acquire as a smart learner.
Go-getter: For an illustrious career you need to pack it up with accomplishments. For a sharp HR guy, it is very easy to spot the difference between the candidates who switch the jobs out of boredom and those who do it to further their careers. The former ones would hardly have anything worthwhile on their resumes while the latter would have their hands full. When you are spending only a few years in a company, you have to be a guy in a hurry to achieve his goals. The display of productivity is evident from day one from the go-getters. They launch new initiatives in case they find an absence of challenges.
Not afraid to experiment: To err is human and career advancement happens when you learn from your mistakes. Before you make a switch you can go ahead and try out something where you are not very sure about the result. The people around you see that you are not afraid to experiment. The results may show that you still can continue for more time in the same company or uncover some truths which will help you with your future stints.
Moving on every few years is not a crime so long as you are undeterred by the challenges. You have to take the plunge and overcome the obstacles. Taking responsibility and inevitably growing from the experience is going to make the difference.
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