Re: Length of service--how often to change

Subject: Re: Length of service--how often to change
From: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- marvin -dot- eng -dot- sun -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 15:04:14 -0700 (PDT)

In article 046 -at- ci -dot- knoxville -dot- tn -dot- us, SHolstad -at- ci -dot- knoxville -dot- tn -dot- us ("Scott Holstad") writes:
>Sorry, Geoff. Gotta disagree with you here, especially in the case of =
>California. While I now reside in Tennessee (God help me), I lived and =
>worked in California for a number of years. It was and I believe still is =
>quite common for people in the industry to make frequent moves; in fact, =
>you might even say it's expected. All but one of my friends and colleagues=
> in N. and S. California have made frequent moves. The longest I stayed =
>anywhere personally was 37 months. Maybe it's different in Canada and the =
>rest of the US (I think it is here in Tennessee), but California's a =
>different beast and as a large technology employer, should be judged =
>differently IMHO.

Well, shoot, I guess I have to leave the state :->

Seriously, while there certainly are many tech people here
in northern California who have gone from start-up to start-up,
there are also plenty of us here who have stayed in jobs for
some time. I've been at Sun nearly 10 years, and there are at
least 5 people in my documentation department who have been
here much longer. Before Sun I was at Ashton-Tate for 5.5 years,
and that job only ended because the company did!

Some people (me, for example) like stable companies with lots
of benefits and not as much pressure. Others like the thrill
of the latest technology and the chance to hit it big. People
in the latter category certainly had a field day over the past
few years in California, and hiring managers probably took that
into account when looking at resumes with four or five jobs in
the previous year. But ultimately I think that many companies
that are not necessarily on the bleeding edge do look at
long service as a positive indicator.


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