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July 03, 2008

Career debate: long term vs. short term jobs

Tell us: Would you stay in a job for years, or go career-hopping at every chance you get?
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career_debate_poll.jpgMost of us still hold to our parents' advice to stay put in jobs for a year at the very least. While some bosses and human resource personnel think that skipping jobs are forgivable, realistically speaking, long-term jobs look better on a resume as opposed to five different jobs lasting a month each, even if you say you've gained a lot of experience from those five companies.
 
It's simple logic, really: A longer period at a certain company means you've been loyal to the company, which instantly earns you plus points when you're out seeking greener pastures. Longevity also shows how much you've improved your skills, especially if your resume indicates several promotions you've had in a single company. Also, bosses tend to favor someone who's worked with another company for a long time over a potential employee who has a tendency to jump ship so they can lessen turnover rates and save more money that way.
 
Of course, that doesn't mean we can rule out short term jobs completely. After all, shorter periods also have benefits such as more varied experiences, choices for weighing better salaries and benefits, possibly more contacts, and opportunities that might be hard to come by if you stay with a single company for too long.

 

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Poll Question:
If you were given a choice, which of the two would you choose?
  1. Loyalty to one company by staying for a long time. I'll be more stable that way!
  2. Short term is the way to go. I'm in for the experience, the surveying, and the chance to meet more people!
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  • marchineness09 Apr 06 2010 @ 10:31am Report Abuse
       
    I'm in for the long-term job for as long as I know that the industry is stable, there is a future for me there and it won't interfere with my other plans. Plus, having a short-term job does not guarantee that you won't encounter the same problems again in your previous job so you might as well face it for as long as it is not that taxing to your nerves.
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  • SHIRLEY LIM Apr 08 2010 @ 04:48pm Report Abuse
       
    being loyal to your company is a plus point. but make sure that your loyalty is being paid off.
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  • Teresa May 01 2010 @ 03:59am Report Abuse
       
    i'll be more stable,if i will stay for a long time in one company.
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  • lalabong Jul 07 2010 @ 11:22pm Report Abuse
       
    Long term is the way to go.
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