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
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
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.