Have You Been in Your Job Too Long? – Part Two

Last time, we looked at why everyone has moved on in their careers except you. So what other tell-tale signs are there that you’ve simply stayed too long in a job that isn’t going to give you what you want any longer? 

Are you clock-watching? Is it 5 pm yet? Is there anything worse than having time drag? Probably not. Have you ever heard of the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun?”  We all have. But if that’s not what you’re living, then perhaps there’s a problem. You should be in the moment and love what you’re doing. Not be a clock-watcher. If your feet are walking the second the clock strikes five, it’s probably best to just keep walking. 

Do you even care much anymore? While feeling confident and knowledgeable in your duties is a wonderful thing, if it becomes so routine that you could do it blindfolded and tied up, then that’s a problem. Human beings need positive challenges in life to thrive. So if you’re not getting any, it’s time to do something different.

Even you aren’t convinced of the reasons you’re staying around anymore. Health insurance. Paid Leave. Sick days. Promotion opportunities. Your commitment to the company. While these might be some good reasons to stay, remember, when you go somewhere else, you will likely have a similar situation with all of these benefits. So these reasons aren’t really reasons, they’re called excuses.

What to do when you've been in a job too long

You need to think about what you want. A HR manager looking at a resume that has one role position at one company for 10 years will give them the impression that you lack drive and don’t enjoy learning new things. They may consider you someone afraid of change. 

There are other dangers too. When you stay in one job for too long, your confidence can erode over time. You can easily start to think that success means getting a good performance review. That is a very narrow definition for success, and then there is the fact that when you stay in one job for too long, a sudden jolt, like redundancy can utterly destroy your confidence because of what your lengthy tenure represents to you. When you change jobs every few years (voluntarily or otherwise), you get used to picking yourself up and carrying on.

At the end of the day, when considering a new job, the advice for job hoppers and long-time employees is not dissimilar – position and explain your career history in a way that sounds good to the company and puts you in the best possible light. If you have had a series of short jobs, string them together to show your upward career arc. And if you’ve been loyal to one place, show how you’ve evolved and continue to keep growing. As with other job searching situations, it’s all about positioning yourself and dealing with the cards you’ve been dealt with. 

So, when the penny drops and you finally realise it’s time to move on, the first thing you need to do is get your resume into shape. You may suddenly think that that it’s going to show one job from ‘1999 — Present’, with half a dozen key responsibilities to show for it. But here at Select Resumes, we’re old hands at showing you in your best light, even if it’s just one role for twenty years. We’ll write up the qualities you didn’t even realise you had, and present you as a prime candidate for the next chapter in your life. Sounds too good to be true? We’ve been doing this for years and after you have consulted with one of our expert writers, we’ll know precisely why you’re moving on, and possibly where you should be going. What’s more, we’ll write you a document that will be tailored to getting you into that interview. Don’t let inertia hold you back, we’re here to help. 

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