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Job Seekers, Long-term Employment Not a Plus

You would think that showing long-term employment with a particular company would be a definite plus for job seekers on a resume. After all it shows loyalty and what employer wouldn’t like that. But job seekers beware, particularly if it’s the only company you have been employed. When it comes to the job search, this could put up red flags.

The potential employer may believe the job seeker won’t accept new ways of doing things and that they may have outdated skills.

When you have been with a particular company for let’s say 10 years or more, you get used to their way of doing things. And, you may not have been exposed to different types of systems and methodologies as one would if they worked for different employers. Potential employers are afraid if they hire the job seeker, they are going to be one of those people that says “we used to do it “this” way where I used to work, and may not accept new ways. We are creatures of habit, so going to a new company can be trying, particularly if you don’t like change. Employers pick up on that.

So what should you do?

Show that you have held and progressed to different positions ((if you have) while at the company and therefore have gained exposure to critical new skills that way.

Make sure potential employers are aware of ongoing changes where you are working by reflecting that in your resume and talking about that when you go on interviews. If you have been with a company that was acquired at some point, make sure you showcase that you were able to adapt to the new company’s policies, procedures, and culture during this major transition. This can be of great benefit to job seekers

If you are one of those job seekers with outdated skills take a seminar, a class or tutorial to advance your skills. This way at interviews you can speak to having these skills and your ability to learn through self study. And you can add these skills to your resume.

Check out this article on the subject: http://http://tinyurl.com/ljnx6ut

 

 

 

 

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