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Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:32 pm
by Return_of_the_STAR
13 years but then I can't exactly leave my employer unless I have a complete career change.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:34 pm
by Gemini73
Now into my 5th year at the hospital.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:37 pm
by Rex Kramer
Gemini73 wrote:Now into my 5th year at the hospital.

Still on a trolley or have you finally been transferred to a ward?

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:38 pm
by Gemini73
Rex Kramer wrote:
Gemini73 wrote:Now into my 5th year at the hospital.

Still on a trolley or have you finally been transferred to a ward?



:lol:

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:19 pm
by Errkal
1 year in a couple of weeks.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:14 pm
by RichardUK
I’m self employed (need that on the poll) and have been since 2007 before this I had the same employer on and off for 7 years

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:35 am
by Green Gecko
I'm doing my fourth tax return this month so self employed 4 years at least.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:36 am
by Frosty the Clarkman
Corazon de Leon wrote:
Frosty the Clarkman wrote:I work as a recruiter and can advise that the average tenure for someone to spend in the UK in a business is now 3.5 years.

Obvious it depends on your goals and ambitions, but generally, it is good career practice to leave your options open and to not stay with any single business for more than 7 years - particularly if it is in the same role. There's a fine balance to be found, as no one like a jumpy CV, but you will benefit from demonstrating you can work with different people/products effectively.

The exception to this would be if your benefits/equity are unmatchable elsewhere. For example, civil servants or those who work for start ups.

In answer to the question for myself, 1.5 years, having spent 4 at the last company, which was my first job.


Fancy finding me a job? :slol:

Been working in the same role for ten years now, mostly to have an income while I studied but I’ve had my PhD in hand since the end of June and, well, the offers aren’t rolling in yet. :lol:


I recruit for Supply Chain and Procurement across FMCG, so not well positioned to assist mate, apologies.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:34 am
by Cuđđoolph
Oblomov Boblomov wrote:
The Cuttcracker Suite wrote:
I Believe In Stool Bloke wrote:If you move upwards within the same organisation then it's not a problem, but if I see someone in the same position for more than about 3-4 years I'm already angling to put their application in the bin.


No offence, but I find some of the self imposed 'rules' on recruitment utterly bizarre. Like holding steadfast to a CV being two pages long or only hiring someone who went to a top 50 university if they have a degree, even if the role doesn't require a graduate. It feels like a lot of people who are looking to fill vacancies stick to these kinds of things because they can't actually work out the suitability of candidates from a CV.

Close call, Cutty, but fortunately the hundreds of hours I've spent shortlisting CVs, interviewing and assessing job applicants and going on to personally line manage them affords me confidence in consideration of this "self-imposed rule". So no offence taken! ;)

You are absolutely correct that no one can ever fully work out the suitability of a candidate solely from their CV. Anyone claiming this ability is a liar!

Fair enough, and I have no experience with recruiting people so I’m coming at it as a layman! Has it genuinely not worked out in the past for you with someone having previously been in one role for five years, and it’s because of that there was an issue (perceived lack of ambition, inability to adapt to a new workplace/set up etc.)?

I would find it odd if I had a vacancy to fill to not find someone who has the relevant experience doing that job for someone else for the past five years as anything but desirable or hireable, personally.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:49 am
by suzzopher
Only two and a half months. I generally only stay in one place for three years max before I feel the need to move on.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:53 am
by I Shot A Kid
Cuttooth wrote:
Oblomov Boblomov wrote:
The Cuttcracker Suite wrote:
I Believe In Stool Bloke wrote:If you move upwards within the same organisation then it's not a problem, but if I see someone in the same position for more than about 3-4 years I'm already angling to put their application in the bin.


No offence, but I find some of the self imposed 'rules' on recruitment utterly bizarre. Like holding steadfast to a CV being two pages long or only hiring someone who went to a top 50 university if they have a degree, even if the role doesn't require a graduate. It feels like a lot of people who are looking to fill vacancies stick to these kinds of things because they can't actually work out the suitability of candidates from a CV.

Close call, Cutty, but fortunately the hundreds of hours I've spent shortlisting CVs, interviewing and assessing job applicants and going on to personally line manage them affords me confidence in consideration of this "self-imposed rule". So no offence taken! ;)

You are absolutely correct that no one can ever fully work out the suitability of a candidate solely from their CV. Anyone claiming this ability is a liar!

Fair enough, and I have no experience with recruiting people so I’m coming at it as a layman! Has it genuinely not worked out in the past for you with someone having previously been in one role for five years, and it’s because of that there was an issue (perceived lack of ambition, inability to adapt to a new workplace/set up etc.)?

I would find it odd if I had a vacancy to fill to not find someone who has the relevant experience doing that job for someone else for the past five years as anything but desirable or hireable, personally.

There will always be exceptions. I don't recruit at a particularly high level, only ever up to around £30k (although I was on the panel for a negotiable £100k+ position a few months ago, which was quite an experience!) so at the beginning of any campaign unfortunately I have to play it as something of a numbers game. It's not uncommon to have to shortlist 200-300 applications for a very small handful of positions, even if the advert is only up for a couple of weeks.

I find that actually I have to use these rules (although you'll note I only said it leads me closer to rejecting the application — I wouldn't outright bin it just off that) because if I don't, I'll end up with a shortlist that is far too big!

Someone doing the same job for five years could of course be excellent. Unfortunately, it tends to be an indicator of mediocrity (again, at least at this relatively low level). There will always be diamonds to be found in any circumstances, I suppose it's a resource issue that forces us down these shortcuts.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:58 am
by Somebody Else's Presents
About 3 years and 3 months now.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:38 am
by Chocatomi Plaza
I've had my part time job for nearly 7 years now, and it's such easy money with such flexible hours, I've never really thought about leaving.

As for my main job, I've just come up on four years, and if the idea of writing a CV and job hunting didn't fill me with an indescribable sense of dread, I'd have already left.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:47 am
by Qikzmas
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:About 3 years and 3 months now.


3 years and 5 months for me.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:59 am
by Harry Ellis
Oblomov Boblomov wrote:
Cuttooth wrote:
Oblomov Boblomov wrote:
The Cuttcracker Suite wrote:
I Believe In Stool Bloke wrote:If you move upwards within the same organisation then it's not a problem, but if I see someone in the same position for more than about 3-4 years I'm already angling to put their application in the bin.


No offence, but I find some of the self imposed 'rules' on recruitment utterly bizarre. Like holding steadfast to a CV being two pages long or only hiring someone who went to a top 50 university if they have a degree, even if the role doesn't require a graduate. It feels like a lot of people who are looking to fill vacancies stick to these kinds of things because they can't actually work out the suitability of candidates from a CV.

Close call, Cutty, but fortunately the hundreds of hours I've spent shortlisting CVs, interviewing and assessing job applicants and going on to personally line manage them affords me confidence in consideration of this "self-imposed rule". So no offence taken! ;)

You are absolutely correct that no one can ever fully work out the suitability of a candidate solely from their CV. Anyone claiming this ability is a liar!

Fair enough, and I have no experience with recruiting people so I’m coming at it as a layman! Has it genuinely not worked out in the past for you with someone having previously been in one role for five years, and it’s because of that there was an issue (perceived lack of ambition, inability to adapt to a new workplace/set up etc.)?

I would find it odd if I had a vacancy to fill to not find someone who has the relevant experience doing that job for someone else for the past five years as anything but desirable or hireable, personally.

There will always be exceptions. I don't recruit at a particularly high level, only ever up to around £30k (although I was on the panel for a negotiable £100k+ position a few months ago, which was quite an experience!) so at the beginning of any campaign unfortunately I have to play it as something of a numbers game. It's not uncommon to have to shortlist 200-300 applications for a very small handful of positions, even if the advert is only up for a couple of weeks.

I find that actually I have to use these rules (although you'll note I only said it leads me closer to rejecting the application — I wouldn't outright bin it just off that) because if I don't, I'll end up with a shortlist that is far too big!

Someone doing the same job for five years could of course be excellent. Unfortunately, it tends to be an indicator of mediocrity (again, at least at this relatively low level). There will always be diamonds to be found in any circumstances, I suppose it's a resource issue that forces us down these shortcuts.

The problem with this viewpoint is you assume everyone wants to work there way up the corporate ladder start at a rapid pace, when in reality that isn't true and there are plenty of other things in life that could see someone in the same role for 5+ years.

Example: we recently had a child. I'm not looking to move positions and have to learn a new job whilst I'm a relatively new parent because it would be too much for me when ultimately I want to enjoy parenting and not worry about if I'm learning my new role well enough. I probably won't be considering looking for a new post until this time next year, at which point I'll have been in my current post for around 3.5 years.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:11 pm
by I Shot A Kid
Drumstick wrote:The problem with this viewpoint is you assume everyone wants to work there way up the corporate ladder start at a rapid pace

I don't assume that.

Just playing the numbers.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:55 pm
by Alvin Flummux
Five and a half years, although the first nine months of that was via the Adecco temp agency.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:59 am
by 1cmanny1
People that have stayed for a long haven't not given up on the company.
They gave up, but just didn't leave.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:42 am
by andretmzt
Coming up to five years now (extra holiday woo) but I'm actively looking to leave.

Re: How long have you been working for your employer?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:00 am
by KjGarly
Been in my job since the age of 20 and i'll be 37 in a few months. How they've actually put up with me this long I'll never know.