Dear Judy Job Jumper….

Kelly Dingee Job Seeker Advice, Kelly Dingee, Sourcing

Dear Judy,

I like you, I really do. Your resume is gorgeous, dare I say you’re perfect on paper in many aspects. You’ve got the keywords that I’m looking for, worked for the right companies, graduated with a fabulous degree and it looks like you’ve kind of progressed through your career, hop by hop.

But here’s the thing.  You stay at a company for 6 months to 18 months. Never 24 months, never hitting at least the three year mark.

That’s not good.  Sure, I can see everyone wants to hire you and you’re hire-able.  But I need to hire you and have you stay.  For a while.  And your track record? I’m not so sure you’ll stay even though you’ll tell me in the interview that you will.  You may have told your current employer the same thing, and here you sit, talking to me.

It takes a lot of investment, by our team and financially to help bring a hire onboard. Wondering how much? Well there are tons of articles and blogs online, but Careerbuilder did a decent assessment of it at one point here. And your lack of stability, i.e. the ability to stay onboard a company for more than 24 months lets me know that you don’t stay through the good times and the bad.

And there are good times and bad times at every company, to give you a perfect example? At one of prior employers, six weeks after I was hired, they were acquired.  And it was at the beginning of the Great Recession.  I could’ve hopped, but I stuck it out.  That two year mark is magic….if you can hang in there, do it. Challenges in the work environment are a good thing, and I need to see you’ve faced them… I need someone who’s going to see the tough times through… and the good times too.  I look for that in a resume, sticking with a company for a number of years along with career progression.  It’s a good thing.  It means you can commit.

So Judy, I can’t hire you now.  Stay at your current employer for 3 years, and then give me a call.  I’ll be happy to talk to you then.

– Kelly

P.S. See the notes from my friends in the comments…