Staying in a single job for a long time?

Staying in a single job for a long time?

Why staying for a long time in one job could harm your chances of securing future roles

In an increasingly uncertain world, landing a secure job certainly has its advantages. If you have been made redundant in the past, you may be particularly grateful for a job in which you can stay for a number of years without the fear of being called into a meeting to receive your notice letter. The longer you stay with a company, the more your chances of redundancy might reduce, as it becomes more and more expensive for the company to let you go.

In addition, many people stay for a long time in one job as they simply love the work and love the company.

However, remaining in one role for an extended period of time could have its disadvantages if and when you decide to move on, or when your employer decides to terminate your employment. These include:

Employers may think you lack ambition, or lack competence – a prospective new employer might wonder why you spent so long with your previous company without securing a promotion. They might think it is because you weren’t ambitious enough to apply for internal vacancies, or because the company didn’t rate you highly enough to give you a more responsible role.

You may not improve your skills base – all jobs require certain skills and experience. However, the more roles you perform, the more skills you develop. If you do one role for years on end, then you won’t get the chance to demonstrate any new skills. You may say you have ten years or more of experience, but do you in reality have one year’s experience, repeated ten times?

Finding a second referee may be difficult – it is normal for a new employer to ask for a reference from your previous employer. However, companies also usually want a second reference, and if your last job but one ended many years ago, you may not be able to obtain a reference. After a period of time, the people you knew may have moved on, or the company itself may have ceased to exist.

You could be out of practice when it comes to job hunting – if it’s a long time since you applied for a new role, you might not be aware of where the best places to look for roles in your business sector are, or you might not know the best way to present yourself on your CV and at interview.

If you are made redundant after long service, it can damage your self-esteem – as mentioned earlier, the longer you spend with one company, the more your chances of redundancy reduce, as the payoff your employer would need to give you increases. However, no-one is immune from redundancy, especially if the company closes down, or your entire department is scrapped. After being made redundant after a long period of service, it can be more difficult to pick yourself up and move on than for someone who is used to changing jobs regularly.

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