How Many Job Changes Can a CV Take (Interview With Professional)

Ghani Mengal

IT people can easily change because of the large number of jobs available. Whether many career changes are harmful, is a matter of dispute among HR professionals.

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A few years ago, applicants with many different job positions were more likely to be rejected. Job hoppers were undesirable because they were branded as unreliable. Today, ten jobs in ten years are no problem from the point of view of some HR professionals. "Many different jobs are no longer an exclusion criterion in the selection process, as was the case a few years ago," says Annamaria Dahlmann, Head of Recruiting IT Academics at Deutsche Bahn.

Much more important than the number of positions in which projects an applicant is working on and what he has achieved in the process. In order to find out how the frequent changes came about, an open question is asked. "If the reasons can be reasonably explained, the frequency of the change of employer is not decisive for a hiring," Says Dahlmann.

Even if it can be assumed that the candidate will change again after a year, he or she will be hired if it suits professionally and personally. So times are changing because the job market has changed completely.

The outcome of this change was the banking crisis in 2009 and 2010. After that, the labor market for IT staff was in a state of great upheaval and many IT experts were ready to change. "After that, it was rather quiet until Corona compared to the stormy times now," says Manfred Wenzel, managing partner of the IT personnel consultancy.

The company fills between 150 and 200 IT jobs at all levels for its clients every year. In the period mentioned up to the pandemic, the companies did everything to ensure that their employees felt comfortable and stayed: attractive salaries, flexible working hours, and many new framework conditions for a good work-life balance. "It was difficult to persuade the staff to change," says Wenzel. If so, everything had to fit in the new job.

Now there is a lot of movement in the labor market, which in some places has turned into a labor market. Due to the lack of staff, the candidates determine the rules when changing and there is a high willingness to do so in ailing industries: the car, banking, and manufacturing are in crisis, retail, logistics and the public sector are booming.


"The weak are currently losing well-skilled workers to the strong sectors," says Wenzel. In the booming industries, the willingness to switch remains low, because these are employers with secure jobs. A secure job is important to all employees.

A Higher Salary Is No Longer The Main Reason For a Move

Deutsche Bahn hires around 1,000 new IT employees every year. "These are all new jobs because digitization is taking place in all areas," says Dahlmann. Gone are the days when employees stayed for a lifetime as they used to be. "Today résumés are long and colorful."

A higher salary is also no longer the central aspect for a job change because the salaries for IT staff are already at a high level due to the strong demand for skilled workers. "Interesting and meaningful tasks attract people these days," says Dahlmann. Companies such as Deutsche Bahn gain new staff with appropriate projects. Nowadays job changes are based on the content of projects.

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Member Of Freelancers Union (USA), Freelance Writer!, and Digital Creator. Ghani Mengal is an enthusiast Freelance blogger and digital marketer. His content has been published and featured on many popular blogs, websites, and publications. Including TeelFeed, LifeHack.org, Data-Driven Investor, TextSniper, Scientific Publication The Predict, The Startup, The Ascent, Heart Affairs, Illumination, And The List goes on.

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