Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career expert, writer, speaker and cofounder of SixFigureStart®, a career coaching firm comprised of former Fortune 500 recruiters. Ceniza-Levine is a coauthor (along with Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and other leading business authors) of "How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times" from Two Harbors Press, 2010. Formerly in corporate HR and retained search, she has recruited for leading companies in media, financial services, consulting, technology and healthcare.
Short-term jobs are less of a liability now. It is more accepted to change employers (or careers altogether). It is sometimes even desirable to have multiple stints – you show transferability, you can bring best practices of different companies or industries to your new employer, you have a wide network.
Stagnation in your skills and network can make you dispensable and vulnerable to being restructured out of a job. But this doesn’t mean that your day-to-day work needs to stressful and jam-packed with extra responsibility and every networking meeting you can land.
It seems like a catch-22: to get a job in a certain function and/ or industry, you need experience doing that job or working in that industry. If you are considering a career change, you don’t have that experience. So how can you ever change careers?
It’s more important that you are passionate about your choice of industry than what is happening within that industry. I would bet on a candidate passionately going after a stagnant industry over a candidate indiscriminately chasing a rapidly growing industry.
The unhappily employed who have been sitting on the sidelines will be encouraged by this news and jump back into the market. The long-time unemployed who might have been discouraged will jump back into their search.
It is impossible to generalize something that is inherently case-by-individual case. Therefore, any boilerplate advice or conventional wisdom is bound to omit a key consideration, underweight or overemphasize other considerations, or take too long-term or short-term of a view.
For both the jobseeker and the happily employed, you want to translate the overall top five list to your specific prospective employer’s or current employer’s top five list.