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Ten Ways It Hurts You To Stay In One Job Too Long

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

The working world has turned upside down over the past twenty years, and most people don’t realize it. If they recognize that momentous changes have occurred in the talent marketplace, they haven’t adjusted their approach to managing their career accordingly. That’s dangerous!

It used to be that working for one employer for twenty or twenty-five years marked you as a stable and reliable employee – a person anyone would be happy to hire if you should be so unfortunate as to get laid off. Now it’s just the opposite. Employers are wary of hiring people who’ve worked in one job for ten years or more. They don’t think “This person showed their loyalty by sticking with one employer for so long.” They think “This person hasn’t learned anything new in years!”

These days, we only grow our skills and our marketability by trying new things, and staying at the same job does not give you the same opportunity to try new things that a person gets by changing assignments. We all have to keep in mind the question “Have you really had twenty years of experience — or one year, repeated twenty times?”

The question is valid, because we all fall so easily into ruts. Unless we actively seek out new challenges at work, we fall into patterns. Do you really get better at a task by performing the same task for years on end? Most people would say no. They’d say “Your brain falls asleep when you do the same thing over and over.”

Here are ten ways it can hurt you to stay in the same job for too long. How long is too long? You have to start questioning your marketability when you hit the ten-year mark in one employer, or the five-year mark in one job.

Even if you change jobs inside the same employer, you  may not get the new learning, new challenges and critical resume fodder that a person who changes employers more frequently gets. That’s a disservice to you!

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