Remember when you had to find creative ways to cover up a spotty work history? Like creating a functional resume instead of a chronological one in order to hide the fact that you worked for six different companies in the last two years, or that your last three jobs were with companies that had wildly disparate lines of business? You may be worrying in vain. That "creative" employment history of yours may be an asset, at least according to an article in Psychology Today.
In a column for the magazine, Dr. Judith Sills claims that, "A person who stays with the same company for more than five years-without signs of skyrocketing upward-might trigger suspicions" about lack of initiative.
She says that hiring managers want people who are willing to take on new challenges and leave their comfort zones.
I really hate generalizations like this. And I'm growing very tired of the prevailing attitude that solid job experience isn't an asset just having the nerve to constantly take chances is. I think the best employee is a combination of both. But I would feel more comfortable as a hiring manager if I thought the person I hire, who I am going to spend training bucks on, will not throw the job aside the next time a shiny object is dangled before him. What do you think?
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.