How long is too long to stay in a media job?
Moving around too much in a career used to give hiring managers serious pause for thought, but jobs for life are now (thankfully) a thing of the past, and movement within the industry is generally encouraged.
After all, a rich and colourful CV represents a wealth of experience and knowledge for your next employer, and genuine negotiating power for the employee.
It’s important to note, however, that you never need to leave any job you enjoy just because there’s a perceived time limit. If you want to hit some remuneration goals and grow professionally then a shift in work environment, or even a lateral move every three to five years, is advisable.
Within the media industry itself, roles can become increasingly difficult to sustain over time too due to the transformative nature of the industry, technological advances, structural reorganisation and increased competition. So it’s important that you control your own narrative.
In the age of the Great Resignation, many workers are already reconsidering their current roles, which means those staying in a job too long can also raise a red flag.
For many employers, job longevity can be equated with laziness, lack of flexibility or worse — fear of change, one of the foundations upon which the media is built.
There’s also a point at which staying too long at one job — around eight to 10 years — can raise questions about a professional’s willingness or ability to adapt to a new environment.
Then there’s earning potential to be considered. Early steps on the media ladder are often poorly remunerated, so moving early and often in those entry years can help to set you up in a stronger bargaining position mid-career.
Being mindful about your financial progress means reassessing your earning potential, which is hard to do when you’re stuck on one predetermined salary track.
If you’ve fallen victim to a toxic work environment or your job is being phased out, or you’ve stopped growing or learning, then it’s time to head for the nearest exit. Just be honest about your motivations and plan your next steps accordingly.
Your first stop? The Mediatel Job Board, where you can browse thousands of open media roles right now. Here are three hiring this week…
Why Work Here: If growth and development potential is what you’re seeking, the successful candidate for the role of Territory Digital Account Manager, UK & Ireland will be encouraged and enabled to take an entrepreneurial approach to deliver against the overall growth goal.
About The Role: Based in London and reporting into the Director, Digital Distribution, this is a 12-month fixed term contract.
You’ll be responsible for continuing to implement the studio’s UK digital strategy which will deliver against the business’ commercial targets and objectives.
Check It Out: Discover more open roles at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
Why Work Here: How about joining our team at Mediatel?
It’s a fast-paced and exciting environment with plenty of learning along the way for a commercially-minded individual with strong customer service skills and experience of delivering client presentations.
About The Role: We’re looking for a Sales and Client Service Executive to contribute to revenue growth across all Mediatel products and provide outstanding client service to subscribers of Mediatel Connected and BRAD.
Check It Out: Visit the Job Board for more details of this role or to discover more opportunities at Mediatel.
Why Work Here: The worldwide employment website Indeed offers an exciting gateway into a career with some serious growth opportunities at every turn.
About The Role: It is currently recruiting for a Senior Content Specialist, Client Strategy & Insights in the UK to be an expert in the content lifecycle process, which includes but is not limited to content development, operations, Indeed’s brand guidelines, storyboard framework, and data storytelling.
This high-visibility role requires a self-motivated individual with proven creative and problem-solving capabilities.
Check It Out: If this sounds like you, start your application today. Otherwise, you can explore more open roles at Indeed here.
Rosaleen McMeel is director of publishing at Mediatel Jobs’ partner Jobbio.