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Why Do Employers Care So Much About Your Average Job Tenure?

Here are some of the reasons employers care about your average tenure.


Why is job tenure important, and how do companies think about it when they’re hiring? I’ve covered the topic of tenure several times, but the answer to this question is always changing. Right now, solid tenure is often defined as three or more years at a company, with two-plus years falling within an acceptable range. Anything below two years is typically considered concerning; it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker if it’s a one-time occurrence, but if there’s a pattern of short tenures, it raises eyebrows.


Employers harbor concerns about short tenures for various reasons. They may question whether a brief stint signifies a rocky departure or if the individual is easily enticed by the allure of new opportunities, consistently making swift job changes. Plus, many companies argue that the true return on investment from hiring and training someone only comes after the two-year mark. That means if someone leaves a company before two years, it’s often seen as insufficient return on investment.


Tenure is something you need to keep in mind when deciding whether to look for a new job or stay at your current position. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email me. I am always willing to help!