Employment History

In speaking with a number of people lately, even over the past years, I have seen a very disturbing trend in some people… job history.  This is a critical part of a person seeking employment and a critical factor in those considering one for employment.


Granted, the dotcom boom/bust is something that a number of people tried and is very easy to discuss.  But when you stay at a company for 2-3 years (or less) and do this continually, a red flag rises to an employer and they wonder if you will stay for 2-3 years and then move on again.


It is well documented about the enormous cost of hiring a new employee and thinking that a manager may need to do this again in a relatively short time is not appealing at all.


Too many candidates make light of their history and choices while others try to skip over it as if “if I don’t talk about it they won’t see it.”


My thoughts and appreciation lie with those who address it head on and make it almost an opening statement when discussing their background.  Talk about it, embrace it and explain what you learned from this and as a result what you are looking for now.  What did you learn and how has it made you improve professionally.


Concern is going to be there, how will you deal with it?


About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

2 Responses to Employment History

  1. Moody says:

    interestingly, I’ve found that having been at the same place for close to 9 years can be a detriment to some companies because I don’t have enough “variety” of experience. So it can cut both ways…

  2. kufarms says:

    That maybe the case but it does more show consistent employment and also may speak to your success with a company. Each recruiter is definitely different, I prefer longer stays at companies. Anything less than 2-3 years will/should raise a concern with any employer. It is a trend but you need to be careful for which side you are on. Getting experience and moving on isn’t a bad thing, just watch how you do it.

    Also, to your point, being with a company for 9 years may have you working in specific methodology so there maybe a learning curve with a new position. There is a learning curve in every company but sometimes when you are used to a specific way, it may take a bit more effort.

    Sell your tenure as a positive and highlight your success in those years as to why you stayed with this company. No matter how it is approached to you, make it a positive.

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