Recent College Graduate Expert’s Tip of the Month – August

It’s still grass

By Nancy Barry
Speaker and Author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know

One of the key findings in the recently released Adecco Group North America’s latest American Workplace Insights Survey caught my attention. The survey found that 71% of employees between the ages of 18-29 are likely to look for new jobs once the upturn in the economy begins.

You may think the grass will be greener on the other side, but let me share a little secret with you…it’s still grass! Your generation has a reputation of being “job hoppers” and it is driving managers across the country crazy. National surveys show recent college grads change jobs every 18 months. Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. Managers spend a tremendous amount of time finding the right employee to fill an open position. Then, they invest a lot of time (possibly up to a year) getting the new hire completely trained. What if you were the manager and invested all that time, then a few months later your dream employee resigned?

You don’t want to change jobs too often because it may not work in your favor down the road. Let’s say you’ve been out of college for five years and you apply for a new position. When the hiring manager looks at your resume, she sees you’ve already had three jobs since you graduated. There’s a good chance the hiring manager won’t even bring you in for an interview because if history repeats itself, you won’t stay with their organization very long.

Before you jump ship, think about why you want to leave. Is it because you are bored in your current position? If so, ask your manager for some new projects that will challenge you. Or, look for other opportunities within your company.

While you may value variety and different work experiences, the bosses who are doing the hiring value stability. The grass may seem greener on the other side, but it’s still grass!

~ Nancy Barry, Recent College Graduate Expert, Campus Calm

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