How Can You Address Frequent Job Changes?


In a recent survey of BlueSteps senior executives, 49.4% believed that executives should stay in every position at least two years, with a further 19.5% believing 3 years to be the minimum, in order to not compromise the value of your resume/CV. However, for many reasons, tenure in jobs can come under two years. So what should you do when your CV/resume presents two or more positions with tenure of less than two years?
To help answer this question, we refer to a recent Ivy Exec blog post, about this topic exactly. Taking advice from Bradford Agry, take a look at the key takeaways from his response:

  • Know your strengths. Make sure you have your elevator pitch ready to portray your overall value to interviewers, and this can incorporate elements of why jobs changed (i.e. moving countries etc..).
    >>Perfect your elevator pitch in five steps
  • Be honest and positive. When discussing any specific experiences, make sure you are honest when describing reasons for each change and find positive in each situation – being negative about changes will influence those interviewing to view your experiences negatively.
  • Focus on the future. Discuss the past as a series of changes that have led you to where you are now and take the conversation to the future; what you have learned and how you plan to move forward with the organization and industry at hand.  

 About Ivy Exec

This article was inspired by the Ivy Exec Blog. Ivy Exec is a career resource partner of AESC/BlueSteps - a highly selective, invitation-only career site founded by a team of Columbia MBAs to address the unique career needs of top executives. Ivy Exec is a trusted recruiting tool used by companies such as JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte, Google, Prada, and other upper echelon firms looking to hire high-calibre executives.

Ivy Exec has agreed to provide the AESC and BlueSteps community complimentary All-Access membership should you be approved to join. As an All-Access member, you will have access to over 17,000 international job listings, industry intelligence reports, and the option to build a profile searchable by over 600 leading companies.  


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