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Switching jobs every two years could get you a pay rise of up to 50%

Loyalty is great - but at what cost?

By Holly Royce
Forbes has revealed that all those loyal troopers staying in jobs for more than two years are likely to be earning 50% less than their job hopping contemporaries.
Guess all those flaky millennials know what they're doing after all.
The article explained that in the US, a raise (if granted) for those in the US was likely to be less than 1% but for those who enterprising folk who chose to jump around - the option to continue to move up the pay bracket is always there.
Every time you job hop there's an option to move up a pay bracket.
Don't go quitting just yet - there is a recommended strategy to this one.
Changing jobs too often is still seen as a negative for many prospective employees - but they key here is "too often", not "never."
Speaking to Forbes, a recruiting expert explained that while looking to hire, they would "not consider anyone who has had more than three jobs in the last ten years, no matter the reason.”
BUT - they still recommended, "an employee makes a transition every three to four years for maximum salary gains."
This all means that what you need most is a strategy for the optimum amount of time for each role and subsequent move - not if, just when and three to four years in between job hops seem to be the safest bet.

6 body language tips to help you land your next role

When you're in a job interview, it's not just what you say that counts. Body language plays a huge role in how we're perceived.
"A candidate can give out thousands of non-verbal cues within the first minute of an interview," says Jane McNeill, director of Hays.
"And those messages can make more of an impact than the words that you use during the interviews."
Try to keep these in mind for the next time you're in the hotseat.
1. Dress smart
Know what style of dress – uniformed, smart casual or corporate - is appropriate for the job you want. If in doubt, err on the side of business style rather than under-dress.
"You need to appear in moderate dress," says Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) chairman, Peter Wilson. "You can always correct an overdress but you can't correct for an underdress."
2. Gesticulate
Show your passion. If you have great ideas but hide your enthusiasm with stiff body language, other people won't believe your ideas.
"Don't be afraid to gesture as it shows that you're enthusiastic and expressive," says McNeill. "The interviewer can read how open and honest you are by looking at your hands."
3. Smile, but keep it natural
"A smile is one of the very best ways to communicate sincerity and a friendly, approachable demeanour," says McNeill.
4. Sit upright
Wilson suggests sitting as you would in a yoga class. "Sitting calmly and upright," he says. Sitting too far forward looks too eager while slouching makes you look disinterested.
5. Use props, like water
If they offer a drink, take it as it will convey that you are confident and relaxed. "It can also be used as a prop to perhaps give you some time to answer a difficult question", says McNeill.
6. It's all in the eyes
"Make eye contact, but don't stare," says Wilson. Staring for an extended period can make your interviewer uncomfortable so simply hold their gaze for a second longer before breaking away.
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