Archive | May 2014

Career Longevity

The days of an employee working with the same company for 20 years – or even throughout their full career – are gone.

Members of the Millennial generation currently entering the workforce are expected to change jobs every three to four years, meaning they will have worked for many more companies throughout their career than the Baby Boomers currently exiting the workforce. 

Individuals born from 1957 to 1964 (referred to as part of the Baby Boomer generation) held an average of 11.3 jobs from ages 18 to 46 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor.  The projections are that the Millennial generation will have between 12 and 15 career changes.

The bottom line is that keeping your talented people will become more and more challenging as the more loyal Baby Boomers start leaving the workforce and the more transient Millennial generation takes their place. 

Now is the time to start getting your processes in place to retain your talented employees and keep them engaged.

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Candidate Tips: Resume Length

Question: How long should a resume be – one, two or three pages?  

Jim’s View:

Don’t worry about it.  I’ve never had a hiring manager or a human resource manager call me saying “Why did you send me this candidate? This person has a two (or three) page resume!

The short answer is that it depends on the length of your experience.  It needs to be long enough that the hiring manager can see the necessary skills they are seeking for the position.  The biggest mistake a person can make is to cut their resume short to keep it to one page (or possibly two pages) and in the process omit important information that the hiring manager is looking for on the resume.  

The resume has one purpose… to get you an interview.  If the hiring manager doesn’t see the skills he/she is looking for, you’ll never get the interview. 

The consumer products industry is analytically-based and many of the positions are detail-oriented.  Therefore, some of that detail needs to be on the resume… they’re hoping they see enough detail to make their decision easy, motivating them to say “I need to talk with this candidate.”