I recently was asked to give a presentation to a group of business people. One of the things they asked me to do was tell a little about myself. This forced me to sit down and to think about who I was and how my career had evolved over the last few decades.
Before going into public relations, I spent my formative years as a journalist learning and honing my craft. But I rarely let grass grow under my feet. Some might say I job jumped too much and sometimes I even worried that perhaps I should have stayed in some jobs longer than I did.
Back in my parents’ day companies instilled in their workers a sense of loyalty. As a result, you took a job and tried to hold onto it until you retired. But that is changing. I recently read an article that said U.S. workers have an average job tenure of only 4.6 years.
A Careerbuilder study published in May found more than half (55 percent) of employers surveyed said they hired a job-hopper and nearly one-third (32 percent) of all employers said they have come to expect workers to job-hop.
The next time you are considering a new hire consider this: Job jumpers bring with them a sense of excitement and desire to learn and share their knowledge. They are more adaptable and can get up to speed more quickly than those who have grown stagnant in their jobs. Many jump because they are recruited and are desirable to have as employees.
That’s not to say there aren’t negatives to hiring job jumpers, but the onus is on the company to make them want to stay.
As for me, I think my job jumping days are over. I like it where I am in life.
Susan R. Miller is founder of Garton-Miller Media, a full-service, South Florida based public relations firm. Susan is a former journalist with more than 30 years of experience.
There has been a lot of discussion in journalism circles about the role that the Tampa Bay Times played in a protest flight in which a postal worker flew a gyrocopter into restricted airspace at the U.S. Capitol.
The newspaper knew ahead of time that mailman Doug Hughes planned to fly his aircraft onto the Capitol grounds to draw attention to campaign finance reform by personally delivering letters to members of Congress.
Reporter Ben Montgomery wrote the story ahead of time and the Tampa Bay Times posted him in Washington to cover the story when the Florida mailman landed last week. The paper posted the story as he took off and promoted it on social media.
Although the paper reportedly called the Secret Service and Capitol Police to ask if they knew about Hughes' plans, a Secret Service spokesman claimed they were never told Hughes was actually on his way.
Monday, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, it’s a time to pull out the red ribbons and unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Like Breast Cancer Awareness in October and American Heart month in February (to coincide with Valentine’s Day), stars come out and make a big to-do over the disease of the month. Not surprisingly, the media jumps on the bandwagon and delights in writing about all of the activities taking place on that special day.
What many in the media fail to acknowledge, or write about, are the people working in the trenches day-after-day hoping that what they do will make a difference. They are the researchers who must fight for every scrap of funding they receive in hopes that one day they will discover a cure. They are the volunteers who work behind the scenes to make sure those in need get assistance. They are the fundraisers who work day and night to raise money to ensure that their organization is around tomorrow to continue the fight.
Garton-Miller Media is a full-service, South Florida-based public relations firm. Founder Susan R. Miller has 30 years of experience as a writer, journalist and PR professional.