How Long Should You Stay in a Job

How long should you stay in one Job? – Useful Tips for Chefs

Chef job – how long should you stay in a job?

How long should you stay in a job? This is a big question and a massive issue for restaurant owners around the United Kingdom.

The volatile and competitive nature of the Hospitality industry means that this will continue in 2017, well into 2018 and beyond.

Average Length of Time at a Job, What is Acceptable?

How long does a  typical employee stay at a job? In america the average number of years that wage and salary workers have worked for their current employer is currently 4.6 years, according to an Economic News Release from the Bureau of Labour Statistics. However, this longevity varies by age and occupation:

  • The average tenure for workers age 25 to 34 is 3.2 years.
  • The average tenure for employees age 65 and over is 10.3 years.
  • Workers in management, professional, and related occupations had the highest average tenure (5.5 years).
  • Workers in service occupations had the lowest average tenure (3.2 years).

So as a chef how long should you stay at a job? It is difficult to put a number to the question. Some experts say 18 months due to issues relating to skill set and experience. What is acceptable and what is beneficial, to the chef and the employer, will be different according to context and the stage each chef is at in his or her career.

Move job too often, your value as a chef will fall and your Chef Job CV will become ragged. Also if you go to an interview and the future employers/Hiring managers asks you, “How many years you think is acceptable for staying in the job?”, and you give a different answer to what it displays on your CV, it can be hard to justify your answer. Job hopping is not considered acceptable in any industry and in reality will be a big red flag.

Employers don’t and won’t want to have to go back to square one and look for your replacement in six months time.

Head Chef/Executive Chef

The biggest question we get asked by employers is how do I keep a good chef?

If you are top dog in the Kitchen then what are you looking for? Lifestyle, money, location, celebrity…….. Think about this carefully and what you need to do to get to that point. Talk with your employer, ask advice, look around and see what fits. If you are good your employer will/should listen.

This of course is not always the best action to take but at least cards are on the table and you both know the others expectations. Also if you are top dog you are probably in the world of lateral career movement. This can be positive if it brings in extra money and better work conditions.

Want to leave your job – Some Questions you might want to ask yourself first

As a chef you might have several short-term jobs in your employment history. If this is the case, it maybe time to ask yourself some questions before you decide to leave/resign and start another job search:

  • Are you leaving for the right reasons (better job, more money, more flexibility)?
  • Are you prepared to assure employers that you aren’t a high-risk hire?
  • Is changing jobs now going to help or hinder your career?
  • Is there anything you can do to improve the situation at your current job if the timing isn’t right?
  • Is this the right time to move on for both personal and professional reasons?
  • Will changing jobs now impact your chances of securing a new job later on?

Whats the Answer?

If you are a chef, remember the grass can always be greener and someone will always be around to offer the dream but the reality can be very different.

If you are an employer, talk to your chefs and discuss the future plans, keep them involved and show thought as to their career development with you. If you can see a future career progression where you currently work then you are more likely to be loyal to that employer and be happier while you are there 😉

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