Have I stayed too long in one job?

first_imgI have been in HR for almost 12 years and practically all of this experiencehas been in my current organisation. I have never felt the need to move on asthere have always been new challenges. But now we have merged with a sistercompany and my role is under threat. I’m applying for jobs, but have beensurprised that I’m not getting interviews. I wonder if my long service iscounting against me. Do you think it’s possible to stay ‘too long’? And how canI turn this negative into a positive? Clive Sussams, recruitment consultant,Malpas Flexible Learning You are right to consider that some recruiters may initially take a negativeview on the length of employment with your company. Changes in the workplacehave resulted in employers seeking people with a broad skills set gained invarious business sectors. The major issue is to persuade prospective employers that you are a goodcandidate who has held several positions with increasing responsibility, albeitwithin one organisation. I would suggest you review the format of your CV andprepare another version which highlights your competencies. This will thereforebe more sales driven and hopefully gain the reader’s interest at the outset. As an HR professional try to think about the kind of specific experience thatemployers are seeking and write your CV accordingly. Louise White, consultant – EJ Human Resources You are correct in believing that some employers will hold long serviceagainst you as they feel it shows a lack of drive and some complacency to stayin the same firm for so long and fear you may be ‘institutionalised’. In your covering letter explaining the challenges you have experienced inyour role, the different groups of people you have worked with and changes thecompany has been through may alleviate the concerns an employer will have aboutyou being able to cope with a new environment. Emphasise how your company has been keen to keep you by promoting you andpresenting you with new challenges and your commitment and loyalty to them. Allison Sheard, consultant, Chiumento The fact that you have been with the same organisation for 12 years shouldnot count against you at all. Your letter demonstrates that your career hasprogressed and that you have had a series of roles that have offered challengeand interest, while working for your current employer. However, it is worth exploring in more detail why it is that you are notgetting interviews. Try to get feedback about your CV, ask colleagues andpeople whose opinion you trust in HR what they think about it. There could be a number of reasons why your CV is not doing you justice. Are you taking a general approach for all of the jobs that you are applyingfor, without modifying your application for each different role? It isimportant to consider the detail of each role for which you apply, in order totailor a really good application – one that demonstrates your suitability andrelevant skills and achievements. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Have I stayed too long in one job?On 26 Feb 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more