Is longevity on your CV beneficial or harmful to your chances at securing that new role?
When looking for a new position the first and most important factor to consider is your CV. This is your very first opportunity to stand out to a potential client and make a good impression. But what exactly are clients looking for in terms of longevity within roles? We are all aware that too much jumping around can give a bad impression but can staying in the same position or company be just as off-putting to a recruiter. In 2015 the Telegraph released the statistic that the average worker will work for different companies in their search for job satisfaction. So what is the right amount of time to spend at a company and what are the arguments for and against?
When screening CV’s most employers are looking to invest for at least three to five years, therefore, your longevity in previous roles gives them a good indication as to how long you are likely to commit. Your CV would be viewed as a much “safer” investment if you show clear commitment to previous companies for longer periods of time.
However, over time, employer’s views on longevity seem to have changed. Candidates who stayed anywhere for more than five years suddenly became less desirable due to concerns over motivation. It could raise questions as to how adaptable you are; how easily you will pick up new skills and processes thus making integration difficult; whether you respond to change negatively; are you stuck in your ways and most importantly, would the difference in environment mean that you actually end up leaving quite quickly if it is too much of a change?
There is no denying that a CV with numerous different roles all within a short period raises big question marks on commitment and quality of work, however, it does provide an opportunity to be exposed to many different computer systems and processes that can make you seem very diverse and adaptable.
But why leave your dream job just to improve your CV? In some types of work a move can be extremely advantageous in that it can help you further develop your skills and knowledge which in turn could help you advance within the industry. Advancing within the same company is always received well by a potential employer and can justify long periods without impacting negatively on your CV. Alternatively looking to education and undertaking training courses to keep your skills and knowledge fresh can also counteract any negative effect of longevity as it shows that you are still committed and keen.
Allstaff Recruitment provide a professional and friendly recruitment service for candidates who are seeking new job opportunities. We encourage you to upload your CV for the consideration of our experienced consultants who, if they think they have a suitable vacancy for you, will invite you in for an interview in order to find out everything they need to know about you and your employment history. Once one of our consultants has ascertained your skills, we can discuss the potential job opportunities we have available to you.
Additionally, we will also provide useful advice and interview tips in order to maximise your potential. So if you think you are a top notch candidate and looking for work, get in touch with our Consultants here at Allstaff Recruitment.