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Staying put 'not always the best policy' for professionals

Published: Monday, 01 December 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduates and other professionals wishing to change jobs should not necessarily stay put simply because of fears over the health of the recruitment market, it has been suggested.

According to Adecco Retail managing director Steven Kirkpatrick, remaining in a currently-held position may not necessarily mean it is safe.

He added: "When times are a little tougher, it can be easy to think that the best policy is to keep your head down, work hard, and stay put… [but] staying put doesn't always guarantee you job security."

Mr Kirkpatrick commented that individuals should never limit their career by attempting to "blend in with everyone else".

"Standing out and showing the value that you add to a company is the best way to make yourself indispensable," he added.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on November 12th 2008 revealed that the working age employment rate stood at 74.4 per cent, down 0.4 percentage points from the previous quarter.

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