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26 days ago by Elk Recruitment
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1 in 3 Irish Jobseekers Move Job in First Year  

Figures by The American Bureau of Labour Statistics have backed up what
many Irish recruitment agencies and HR professionals have noticed recently,
namely that job hopping, particularly in the cases of young women, is rising
dramatically.

They found that the average time a person spends in a job is 4.4 years but in
the case of young employees, this time length is halved. In Ireland, one in three
jobseekers will move job within the first year. In terms of reasoning, salary,
change of location and fresh motivation are listed as the main factors behind
these statistics. But are these reasons actually beneficial to job seekers in the long term?

Red Lights Upon CV Appraisal

There is no doubt that the allure of new experiences can broaden horizons and
add to a CV skill-set but, along with restarting in a new job comes the task of having
to adapt to new rules and to fit into an already existing work environment. Valid
questions are also being asked by recruitment agencies and Human Resource
professionals when it comes to the appraisal of a CV that shows a clear pattern
of switching jobs over the short term. How a recruiter’s recommendation might
impact upon any future relationship between the agency and the company is one
prominent concern, but a recruiter may also become suspicious about the reasons
behind so many job changes. Many Human Resource professionals will look upon
this information as a potential sign of previous strife and an inability to adapt and stay motivated.     

Innovation Encourages Loyalty

Xerox’s Chief of Marketing, Christa Carone, has come up with some potential solutions
to ensure that employees feel less need to change jobs which Irish recruiters and
employers can integrate into work environments and when weighing up the suitability
of prospective candidates. Carone cites clear communication, applying to both
management, recruiter and employee, and the encouragement of new ideas. She also
advises side entrepreneurial projects to create innovation and leadership. These
tactics help in fostering motivation and loyalty in the work environment, reducing the need to job hop.