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To de­velop a ca­reer port­fo­lio, chang­ing jobs used to be con­sid­ered the ex­cep­tion. Now, it’s be­come the rule, one where stay­ing in a sin­gle gig for too long is more hin­drance than help. If you’ve hit a dead-end in terms of progress and you’re sur­rounded by col­leagues who you hate, or who seem to have signed on for life, it’s time to pull the rip­cord and land else­where. After all, you can now do so with im­punity, ac­cord­ing to Tracy Cash­man, se­nior vice pres­i­dent at Win­ter­wyman in­ter­na­tional re­cruit­ment firm. “Job hop­ping is less frowned upon than it used to be,” states Cash­man, “though com­pa­nies may still be sus­pi­cious of peo­ple who have too many stints of one year or less”. Like so much in life (ex­cept for sex), it’s about mod­er­a­tion – as hir­ing types and man­agers, when con­fronted with a CV clut­tered with dif­fer­ent com­pany names, think along these lines: a) Do they get bored eas­ily? b) Are they the first to be benched in a lay­off be­cause they’re not an ‘A team’ player? c) Do they have a con­trac­tor’s men­tal­ity? On the flip side, don’t plant your roots too deep. Ten years in a role used to show ca­reer loy­alty and ded­i­ca­tion. While that’s still true, Cash­man says “more com­pa­nies are re­luc­tant to hire peo­ple who’ve been at one place their whole work his­tory”. You want a ré­sumé to show smat­ter­ings of a lit­tle life and move­ment. If you’ve hunched over the one desk for more than five years, a potential new em­ployer might raise an eye­brow, know­ing how peo­ple can be­come set in their ways. Ac­cord­ing to Cash­man, com­pa­nies may feel that those peo­ple aren’t mo­ti­vated in their ca­reer pro­gres­sion or, worse, are so in­grained in a par­tic­u­lar way of think­ing and ap­proach to work that they can’t adapt to a new en­vi­ron­ment. If you’re for­tu­nate enough to move often (but not too often), you can point to ex­pe­ri­ence in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries, and ex­po­sure to a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges, which can lead a prospec­tive em­ployer to feel you’re flex­i­ble and a quick learner. Often, those who move fre­quently are re­cruited by peo­ple they’ve pre­vi­ously worked for, or with, and who’ve moved on them­selves. This can be another gold star on a track record, a firm sign that peo­ple want to work with you again.

“If you’ve hunched over the one desk for more than five years, a potential new em­ployer might raise an eye­brow...”

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