CLEO (Malaysia) - - CAREER SPECIAL -

hen it comes to love, you may be a one­man woman. But with your ca­reer, you might be way more non-com­mit­tal, with a score of flings and short-term dal­liances. Your ré­sumé may have seen even more ac­tion than Leonardo DiCaprio at a show (read: a lot) and the thing is, you’re not alone. Gone are the days of em­ploy­ees stay­ing put in the one job or oc­cu­pa­tional field for decades. Now, ev­ery­one’s swap­ping job roles, em­ploy­ers and ca­reers all the time. the role they’re hir­ing,” Emma ex­plains. “If your ex­pe­ri­ence is cou­pled with an in­crease in re­spon­si­bil­ity, it speaks to your abil­ity to learn, grow and con­trib­ute.” How­ever, not all prospec­tive bosses will be as pro­gres­sive — in fact, they might be old-school and see your job-hop­ping as a big, fat warn­ing sign. “Con­sid­er­ing the amount of train­ing and ef­fort that goes into re­cruit­ing a new em­ployee, hir­ing man­agers tend to look for both sta­bil­ity and com­mit­ment from em­ploy­ees,” warns Jane McNeill, the di­rec­tor of a multi-na­tional re­cruit­ment com­pany. “Many em­ploy­ers won’t hire job-hop­pers be­cause they don’t ex­pect them to stay long at any com­pany they work for.” But, as Emma sug­gests, there’s a way around this: “If you’ve had many jobs, fo­cus your ré­sumé on skills rather than in a chrono­log­i­cal or­der of job ti­tles.” And if you get to the in­ter­view stage, keep driv­ing home that point. “Be con­fi­dent to talk about the rea­sons you have changed jobs in a way that makes sense to an em­ployer,” she adds.

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