OPINION: EDITOR’S COMMENT - Itchy feet are not up to scratch

Oh dear, it would appear my six job moves in seven years were not such a good idea. The experts have spoken on the question of how long we should stay in each job (see p age 14) and the consensus seems to be that anything less than 18 months could be construed as a lack of commitment.

Oh dear, it would appear my six job moves in seven years were not

such a good idea. The experts have spoken on the question of how long we

should stay in each job (see p age 14) and the consensus seems to be

that anything less than 18 months could be construed as a lack of

commitment.



Unfortunately for those with permanently itchy-feet, it is hard to argue

with the verdict. If a sales person leaves after less than a year, the

company will usually have spent more on recruiting and training than it

has recouped in sales.



But the upside of today’s recruitment market - in which anyone worth

their commission can land a job at the drop of a wallet - is that is has

put pressure on employers to think about training, salaries and

perks.



All the big players now offer comprehensive training programmes, so if

you’re still feeling that your employer is showing no interest in your

development, forget about the 18-month rule and jump ship. You are

calling the shots, just don’t call them too often.



jonah.bloom@haynet.com.



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