The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) states that the Median tenure is 4.3 years for men and 4.0 years for women. Whether you are ready for a new job depends on your industry, career goals, and your current job.
This gives workers in the hospitality industry a good idea about whether their career is on track, or they are staying at a job too long. It takes more than statistics to determine whether you should leave your job.
- Managers in hotel and restaurant management, professional, and related occupations had the highest median tenure (5.1 years)
- Workers in service occupations, like the hospitality industry, had the lowest median tenure (2.9 years). This includes floor staff and kitchen staff.
- 21% of workers had less than one year, and 29% had more than ten years with their current employer.
- Median tenure for employees aged 55 to 64 (10.1 years) was more than three times that of workers aged 25 to 34 (2.8 years)
- Median tenure for men and women with less than a high school diploma was 4.8 years and 4.4 years, respectively. These numbers include a vast majority or hospitality jobs.
- Men and women with at least a college degree had median tenure of 5.2 years and 5.1 years, respectively.
If you are getting near the end of a typical tenure and you don’t want to leave then we may have a few ideas to let you stay longer but still keep your resume up to date.
- Accomplish something
Can you do anything major at your job? If you want to move into a management job then the project must increase profits by reducing expenses or increasing sales. This should be something that you can do well. Don’t decide to offer to redesign the restaurant unless you have taken design courses, learned the pit falls, and studied how environment can increase marketing.
This accomplishment should be something that you can ‘show’ your skills. For example, one career coaching client I chatted with wrote an employee handbook. They kept a sanitized ‘blue print’ version that they could use in a job interview.
The employee handbook blueprint was written to highlight their ability to build teams and empower employees to succeed. It also highlighted their understanding of labor laws.
- Professional vs Personal Reasons
No matter how many ‘job interview’ question articles you read. You probably won’t be asked any of those questions. Especially, if you are job hunting for a management position.
What you do need to understand and clearly outline in your mind is whether you left your job for personal reasons. Even if you did leave for personal reasons you need to rehearse your job interview answers until you cannot be tricked into revealing that you left because of personal reasons.
Leaving for professional reasons, especially if you can outline a career development plan will make you look like an emotionally mature, confident, and collected manager. Leaving for personal reasons can make you appear unreliable, prone to drama, and maybe even unable to handle stress.