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Dear All
I am hariharan and having around 5years and 5 months of experience in HR field. So for I have worked with Five companies, Now I quit my job from my last company and looking for a job. I had worked just five months only with Last employer. The problem is where ever i attended the interview, every body is asking, why are you keep changing companies.
I dont know what to tell the interviewer. but Honestly I was not changing the company just for the sake of increasing salary. the reason is all the companies where i worked with is a very small companies and they are not ready to spend money for employee welfare also there was no Good HR polices and rules in place. There was no more scope to learn and develop myself in the field of HR in all that companies. Therefore I had to quit and joined with other company which also has the same condition. So please let me know your advice about how to answer when i faced the interview in future
Thanks
Hariharan - HR
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From India, Madras
Hello Hariharan,

You won't like this, but I guess it has to be said.

Being a HR professional yourself, you ought to have expected this scenario at some point of time.

Coming to the reasons you mentioned for leaving every earlier company, not sure they really jell.

For example, you mentioned "all the companies where i worked with is a very small companies and they are not ready to spend money for employee welfare also there was no Good HR polices and rules in place".

Isn't it YOUR job to devise/find ways to convince the managements to place good HR policies in place AND formulate them too? Maybe that was the reason why these companies hired you in the first place?

Your statement "no more scope to learn and develop myself in the field of HR in all that companies" does seem VERY ODD--given the fact that this was the opportunity many HR professionals aspire for & eagerly look for--when there's so much that CAN BE DONE, isn't this an opportunity to learn?

Frankly, I think you are confused between 'Studying' & 'Learning'--if everything is in place, what is it that you--or anyone for that matter--can learn, EXCEPT study what's already in place? Hope you notice the difference?

Pl, for heaven's & your sake, COME OUT of the STUDENT MOULD ASAP.

There's another aspect that seems to come-out of what you mentioned ["I had to quit and joined with other company which also has the same condition"]. Getting our judgement calls WRONG once or twice is understandable--but to get it repeatedly wrong FIVE times in a career of 5 years does indicate:

1] That you definitely need to focus on how to evaluate opportunities/situations/people--especially being in HR, this would be more important than in other areas/functions.

2] You failed to LEARN from the first 1 or 2 mistakes you did. Everyone makes mistakes [like the saying goes: To err is Human], but the much larger mistake is when we fail to learn from them.

Coming to your ACTUAL query, it indeed is a tough call for you--with your credibility taking a beating. The only way for you, as far as I can see, is this: First make sure you do the background checks about the company even BEFORE you attend any interview. Next, be sure to indicate the Truth--on the reasons why you changed 5 jobs in 5 yrs AND assure them that you plan to stick this time around. If needed, you ARE PREPARED to give it in writing--if that's what can convince them.

Suggest wait for other members to respond.

All the Best.

Rgds,

TS

From India, Hyderabad
Dear Hariharan,

Agreeing to what TS has mentioned, I hope you understand what needs to be done. Analyze your interest wrt industry, sector, type of company you would like to work with. Probably your decision has always been wrong because it seems there was always a mismatch between what you want & what you opted for. And frankly, what seems is that MONEY was the only driving factor - even if you deny :)

At the first place, can you also explain why did you leave your current organization before opting for another? Quite strange, sitting idle is acceptable but working & earning livelihood, fighting in the current environment, adjusting in the company culture is not acceptable to you. I hope you know what is "Survival for fittest".

However, the moment you crib about your existing or previous employers (all 5 companies) before the new employer your chances of being hired are further reduced. So the only option you have is convince the new employer on what you can offer with the skills gained, how long will you serve - infact ready to do anything for ensuring stability & how can their company be benefited.

If you are assuming HR executives & managers themselves will give you answer so that you can serve the same to some other HR, you are wrong. You are lacking focus - find answer within & you'll rock.

From India, Ahmedabad
Hi
There is always some reasons behind changing the job so it is necessary to have the full details regarding our new company portfolio and other necessary things which are important to us as we will be the part of their community. We should aware from all the things which are necessary for interview and will have to put effective impression in the interview and should have ability to impress interviewer enough to select us.
Thanking You,
Frenky Plam

From India, Gold
Dear Hariaharan,
I can understand from your post that you still donot know as to what you want and what you are expecting from this corporate world.
As said by TS and Hiral Mehta, you got to search for answers within you... coz you in an utter confusion as to what you want...
Even I had undergone such a phase and now know what I need... It takes just a few minutes of silence and concentration to speak to yourself and listen to your soul...
Regards,
Bharghavi

From India, Bangalore
Hi am Rahul, an MarComm Professional. I too have faced same problem.During the tenure of 5 Years of my Carrer I have changed 4 companies. So when I went to attend my last interview I was asked the reason behind frequently changing the companies..I would like to share how I have addressed their queries. Also I would like to have a few suggestions too to improvise the ability to choose the right employer.
Sir since the starting of my career I was very concerned and choosy about my specialization, job profile, scope of work and especially how I am going to add value to the company. My first company XYZ pvt Ltd was a leading .........and I was appointed as an Executive Marketing Communication. I was there for 11 months and during the span of time I have taken lots of initiatives and among them the most notable was introducing a full fledged Call Center for Sales and Service which was first of its kind in the .... industry. Initially my objective behind this was to channelize the commun

From India, New Delhi
Hello,

same as hariharan, i have also same problem

Appreciate your advice for my carrier assistance !

Well how i explain you my situation, feeling very nervous and embarrase too. I have started my carrier with a good Indian recruitment company as "trainee- finance and admin" with the help of a personal reference in that company in 2008. I was completely blank at that time. In that company i have start learning from zero and put all the efforts day night on sunday,holidays to learn the work. Gradually i learn the things like- finance, payroll, administration,facilities,billing,agreement,purcha se,vendor mgmt,event management,pf,esi,labour court works, and IT their. My profile was their to handle all the things in the company as i came from the known network, so i feel very bad also some times, but due to financial condition i continued working till april 2012 and left that company due to mess up of my profile and over work their. i was also unhealthy at that time. well at the time of leaving that company my designation was on paper- AM-finance and admin (3.5 years total worked), and also my pacakage was around Rs 3 lacs per annum.

But after leaving that company in april'2012 i face very bad time in my life. In 2 months i have not get any offer matching with my profile. I was really depressed as i was taking money from my parents and also i was not getting any job. Due to financial condition i was forced to work in a sales job in the half salary from my 1st company (10k per month) and i started working in sales,maketing, and was also doing good in that profile too and also was acheiving my targets and then suddendly after 2 months working in marketing job ON same salary (10k) i got an offer from a automobile company in HR profile which was little bit matching with my 1st job, so i quit the marketing job and join the hr/operations profile job in same salary (10k) , i was happy with the same but after 2 months they plan me to shift remote location on same salary which was also a challenge for me, by force i have to resign that one too. Then i again sit for 2 months in home and not getting any job in finance, admin,sales, operations ,hr and any other field. I was totally disappointed. Then with the help of one of my friend i got an offer in a good MNC in a salary of (14k) per month in sourcing and compliance department, i worked their for 6 months and due to health issues , i have to quit the job. at that time i was doing BCA which i have started in 2009 but after 4 years in 2013 so many papers was back and also i was not getting time to study and pass the exams, due to family condition again i have to search for job and after 1 5 days i got offer in a MNC in MIS and vendor management profile their i offered 16.5 k monthly salary, i worked their for 8 months and quit because i got an another offer in a MNC in 22k per month salary, i was happy that i am near by my first job in terms of salary and i quit that company too. But tragedy was again happend with me when i worked their for 4 months only and due to health issues again i quit that job without searching a new job. my parents were also very angry on me as i was totally hopeless and stupid in leaving jobs too frequently. Then again i seat home for 3 months and goes into depression. I have to take antidepressents on daily basis which i am taking today also. My friends and family both left my hands and i was really very alone and depresses on that time. In 2014 again after 3 months i got an offer of 11k per month is a small it company, my profile was their MIS and project management , again for salary hike i left that company in 3 months and join a good ecommerce company in backend/ecommerce logistic profile as my salary was 15 k their. i worked their for 6 months and got offer from another ecommerce company and i join on the salary of 18.5 k per month and on profile of Team leader-operations. But i was deputed in a warehouse where work timings was not good. i have to work for 16-18 hours in a day and on designation of TL they take work like a labor-sweeper. i left that organisation due to pathetic nature of work and family pressure.then again i sit home for 2-3 months and i was searching for a job because job was important for my survival. Then i got an offer from a MNC company on the monthly salary of 20k per month for 6 months contract in HR department in BGV/employee screening profile and i joined and also completed 6 months their successfuly but now they are not extending my contract and i have joined a another company before 3 days in same profile (bgv,employee screening) near my home in 18k monthly salary. But the issue is that after working in a good mnc i feel very uncomfortable and different in a small indian company, but i am trying my level best to work atleast for 5-10 years in this company. In one side where i worked in a company for 3.5 years (AM position) and in another 3.8 years i changed 12 companies and this is the 13th one. When i am thinking this i get depresses and also i feel very bad on myself. I am now persuing MBA (operations) 3rd sem from a distance learning institute.

I dont know what can i do in future as i worked for various good indian companies and also for MNC's but due to my quiting job behaviour and due to bad circumstances i changed 14 jobs in 8 years approx. In these 8 years i worked in various different profiles like- finance,admin, hr,operations,sales,marketing,logistics,ecommerce, bgv,employee screening, i dont know what can i do in future. please help me and understand my situation. I know you also feel bad on me as i feel embarase on myself too. Also sometimes i think can i start my own little business as i have also not enough money or i work in companies. but while seing my past of last 8 years so many up-downs happende and i really feel i have done lots of mistakes in choosing jobs and quiting jobs.

looking for a prompt, and life changing carrier guidance ....

thanks again

From India
When one is eager to develop they will find ways to do so. If you quit jobs in short span of 5 months one after the other then you are not giving enough time for it to germinate. As TS and few other colleagues pointed out why did you not take 'initiative' to make your career more meaningful. If during an interview you were promised something and were asked to do something else you should raise it as quickly as possible and find ways to enrich yourself.
I am not sure if it answers your question

From India, Chennai
You are in HR yourself,tell me what would you do if you get a candidate who keeps changing jobs every year. Would you select him/her?
From India, Pune
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