The Role of Experience in Determining Salary

By Maryellen Lo Bosco  
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While no one would disagree about the importance of people skills in moving up the career ladder, there is less unanimity when it comes to how tenure is weighted in job promotions or in landing a new position. It would seem that neither job hopping nor excessive job stability are particularly attractive to recruiters, but nowadays it is probably more acceptable than in the past to list more jobs on a resume.

"Now there are fewer incentives to stay — such as retirement programs — and we are more like free agents" Tuveson says. "It's the church of what's happening now" Talented people will stay as long as they have challenging work and are being paid well. At the same time, recruiters understand that someone who has been at a job for 10 years isn't necessarily better than another candidate who has had two jobs in the same time period. Hiring managers are looking for indications of performance results, and if a candidate has stayed in a job for a reasonable amount of time — perhaps only a few years — and then moved on to a more challenging position, that will not go against him or her in a hiring decision.

That's not to say loyalty doesn't carry any weight. Typically, employers don't want to see more than three jobs in the past 10 years, Rozengota says. Nonetheless, he has no issue with someone who "climbed the career ladder" and he says that some people do not mind if candidates have moved around as part of a pattern of taking on additional roles and responsibilities.

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