Loyalty to your employer may be a bit old-fashioned, but don’t bet on hopping jobs often to climb the corporate ladder or make more money, say human resource experts. They are watching employee footprints. Stability seems to be back in fashion.
"Any HR manager is on the lookout of a stable person who has stayed with the same organisation for two to three years in a company," Gauri Sarin, President, Approach Talent Solutions Private Limited, told Hindustan Times.
An immature round of job-hopping can get a worker the label of an unreliance, incompetend and unstable employee, said Jacob Samuel, Associate Partner, Elixir Web Solutions, a recruitment agency.
The business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology industries, notorious for fickle loyalties, have attrition rates as high as as 60 to 70 per cent in voice processes and 25 to 30 per cent in non-voice work. Recruiters here are turning conservative.
"There are two kinds of employees that every company has. The first kind comprises the star performers who want everything very quickly. The other constitutes those more grounded in their ambitions and value long term step-by-step growth. This second category of employees is what we are looking for, " says MU Khan, Head of Human Resources for India at HR service firm Hewitt Associates.
"It is rare to see a CV with even up to two years work experience at the same firm, especially at the junior level," moans Khan.
Reasons for quitting do matter. Relocating for personal reasons is fine. But staying put for too long in a company may also be a bad thing.
"If someone has been around with the same firm for five to seven years without showing any growth up the professional ladder, he will be considered to be too complacent without any drive to rise in his career and hence, not very suitable, " Sarin said.
As years go by, what a person contributed in the previous job matters.
“At the middle and senior level, what the person has contributed to the previous organisation is more important,” said S Varadarajan, chief human resource officer at BPO firm Quatrro.