Posted by Brian McCullough
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Reader Elton writes:
“I’ve been working at the same company and in the exact same position for ten years now. Some friends have been telling me I have to try for a promotion or a new job soon, or else my career will look like it’s going nowhere.
The problem is, I don’t have any desire to leave my job right now. I do think it’s possibile I will want to do something else in the future, but right now I’m happy where I’m at. The job is challenging and very rewarding. And it pays very very well. I don’t really see the need to think about doing something else. But am I risking my future career by standing in place like I am?”
Brian answers after the break:
Maybe yes, maybe no.
These days, it’s rare for someone to stay at one job for five years, much less an entire decade. That you have done so is not bad at all, it’s just increasingly unusual.
Obviously, this shows dedication and loyalty. And if your employer thinks you’re doing a good job… and if you’ve got a proven track record for getting results, then this will be all good on a resume.
The problem is, your friends are partially right: if your career shows no growth or development, that can suggest… I dunno… a lack of ambition or creativity. You do the run risk of looking like a bump on a log.
You can combat this on your resume. Since you only have the one job, that job should take up the majority of your resume. Try to show a gradual evolution in that one position… increasing responsibilities or achievements. You want to try to show that even though you’ve had the same job title, the actual nature of what you’ve done has evolved and seen some dynamism and change.
Having said that, I have to sort of answer your question with a question: If you’re happy where you are in your career, then do you really need to worry about this? I mean, isn’t that what we’re all theoretically working towards: that one job you love; that meets all your needs; that challenges you in the right way; that pays you what you’re worth?
I assume that we’re all working toward our dream jobs. When we “get there” we all plan on keeping that job as long as possible, right?
Maybe you’re already there, man. If so, congratulations.
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