Does changing jobs several times hurt your resume? Probably not—depending on the frequency, reason, and how you frame your job change on your resume. In fact, changing jobs might actually improve your resume and make you a more desirable candidate.
Changing Jobs: The New Normal
A recent article in FastCompany recommended changing jobs every 3 years to keep engaged, raise your pay significantly, and gain the job searching skills you need if you are ever laid off, giving you more control over your career. According to a 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics report:
- The median employee tenure is currently about 4 years (men stay slightly longer than women).
- The time at a job increases with aging; younger workers stay at one company for a shorter time than older workers.
If you are ready to move on to a new job once again, how do you position your resume to maximize the benefit with your next employer?
How Your Employer Benefits from a Job Change
Your current company may be horrified when you leave after 3 years (or less); it is costly to onboard and train new employees. But companies also benefit from hiring job changers, and they know this if your resume frames the change correctly. For example, as a job changer:
- You are used to getting up to speed fast, making connections quickly, and contributing immediately.
- Your experience is broader and includes different perspectives.
- You have a wider range of contacts; you want to make sure that you never burn bridges with your peers, clients, vendors, and bosses at each company.
- You are a learner: you are out there gaining knowledge that will benefit your new company.
- You have a reputation in the industry that extends beyond one company.
Are you ready to make the leap into a new company? At Robin’s Resumes®, we make sure that your resume helps potential employers see the benefits and value of hiring someone who refuses to stagnate in the same job, who aims for advancement, and who makes a solid contribution fast. Find out how job changing might improve your resume: contact us today.