Comments are closed. Can I change job after one year?On 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Ihave been an HR officer in the public sector for a year. I am MCIPD-qualifiedand have just gained an MA in HRM at the age of 26. Previously, I was an HRofficer for four years in the private sector, but left to further my career.Although I enjoy my current job, I am becoming frustrated with the bureaucracyand slow pace. Would I find it difficult to get back into the private sectorhaving been in the public sector? Will it look bad on my CV to leave my currentjob after a year?MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible LearningAsyou are enjoying your job, I would suggest you identify the things you canlearn in the public sector and do so before moving on just yet. For example,often personnel policies are drafted with more care so they reflect wisespending of the public purse, which is not a concern in the private sector.It’s a good chance to see democracy and politics in action too, and this wouldstand you in excellent stead in a more senior role later.Ithink employers are looking for less timeserving on CVs nowadays, but theymight suspect you’re in a transitional phase, which is not good for yourprospects.PeterLewis, consultant, Chiumento Plentyof people have made the transition from the private to public sector. How easyit is depends on how you explain the moves, and the approach you adopt andqualities you display in your own job search.Reflecton the positives of your public sector experience, in particular what you havelearned, and ensure this comes over at interview. One thing you have learned isthat you are more suited to the pace of the private sector.Theremay be a danger that any private sector appointment will seem attractive, but arash move that results in a second mistake will be more difficult to explain. Yournext job must be the right one, something that gives you the challenge you arelooking for as well as being consistent with your longer-term career strategy.Onceyou have a clear direction, make the most of your blend of experience. Whileyour public sector experience is the most recent, your covering letter and theprofile at the head of your CV are places to highlight the private-sectorexperience. Where possible, select transferable experience from yourpublic-sector work. Embarkon a job-search campaign that uses all methods available. Regard it as anopportunity to demonstrate your thoroughness and professionalism. Itmay take a little time to make the transition, so be prepared for a for three-to six-month campaign.JoSelby, associate director, EJ Human ResourcesWithfour years in the private sector and a year in the public, I do not anticipatethat it will be a problem for you to return to the private sector. Having saidthat, the sooner you start to look the better, as the longer you leave it theharder it will become.Whilehaving only been in your current post for a year is not ideal, you aren’t thefirst person, nor the last, to have made a “mistake” in your choiceof employment. Butit is imperative that your next move is the right one. I suggest you take yourtime to ensure that is the case as you cannot afford to have another shortplacement. Related posts:No related photos.