Career number: Quality or Quantity?

When job seekers are looking for work, potential employers will take a look at their career history to see where they have worked, what they have done and how long they have done worked at a particular establishment. But how many jobs are too many?

If an employer is interviewing two potential candidates and one candidate has only had two jobs, where the second candidate has had several jobs, which potential employee will have add more value to the business? And what is more questionable; a candidate who has had several jobs, or several positions – all of which are not moving up the career ladder

Having many jobs on your CV can mean two different things. That the candidate has learnt numerous skills and gained lots of experience, or that the person is fickle and gets bored and moves on quickly meaning that employer has a fear that an employee will not benefit the company or move on to work for a competitor. Loyalty is extremely important, as it is so difficult to maintain a high staff retention rate.

And having less jobs and positions on your CV can be just as two sided. It shows commitment in an individual and they are able to cope with the long term. It shows loyalty and dedication to the company and the job. However, it can also show that a candidate doesn’t progress easily up the ladder or that they may not have career aspirations. Many employers do not want staff they want a mogul!

Have your say! Does having a lot of jobs show ambition to climb the career ladder or does it say uncommitted? Does having fewer jobs say committed and hard working or unambitious?

There are two major factors that affect your CV – the job itself that the individual is working in, and the economy. The recent recession is causing companies to go into administration or make large cuts causing redundancies and forcing people out of work. And lack of jobs and high unemployment rates mean that gaps are larger between jobs, and people have no choice but to explore other routes including volunteering, internships and temp work. This means that people are in jobs for a shorter period of time, and they are in several more jobs than people who are settled in their career.

This is why employers conduct interviews. It provides the employer with an insight into the potential employee and if you are open and honest about your CV, you will gain respect and empathy from the interviewer and they will be able to gain a thorough understanding of your career history and you as a person.

For further interview advice, or CV clinics email info@3dchange.co.uk

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