Kiwis changing jobs more often

Last updated 12:46 10/09/2012

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Half of all Kiwis like to change jobs regularly, with 51 per cent of people surveyed by online recruiter Seek starting their current role less than two years ago.

Another 43 per cent of the 720 New Zealanders surveyed in June, were planning to jump ship to a new job within the next year and only 16 per cent intended staying in their current role for the next five years.

Seek New Zealand general manager Janet Faulding said it appeared length of service at a company could be a thing of the past although there can be equal benefits to staying some time with one employer as there is changing roles frequently across a number of different companies.

"The varied CVs of those who move from company to company more quickly than others can be read as an example of their ability to learn and adapt, to be resilient and to be more proficient at networking. On the other hand, longer tenure in roles can indicate stickability and commitment, which is also a valuable asset to have," Faulding said.

James Logan, a director of heating specialist Energy Efficient Solutions, said commitment to one company was a key factor he considers when employing new staff. Despite being a relatively new company, most EES employees had stuck with the company since they started despite the fact many of them were aged under 25 years.

"We'd rather hire loyal staff, rather than those with a variety of experience," he said.

Ewan Bell, practice manager at IT services company Datcom, said there was no ideal length of time for an employee to stay.

"When recruiting new employees, we're comfortable with an applicant having spent a couple of years in a role before moving on. We do, however, put a lot of effort into providing a work environment that simply allows our people to get on with it and do the best they can. There is any number of people in our team that started as graduates 8 to 20 years ago and who are still happily ensconced."

For those considering whether to shift to greener pastures or stick it out in their current role, Faulding advises that if you do have a high number of shorter stints under your belt to ensure your CV outlines how you've contributed to each company.

"It also helps if you have one great achievement from your time at each company to discuss in your next job interview."

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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