(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain professionals for the restaurant industry. Enjoy today’s post!)
Let me tell you a little career secret. Sometimes the way to earn more money is to change jobs. I know – it may sound counter-intuitive but it’s true. That being said, there’s a fine line between job hopping for the sake of a few dollars and making the strategic decision to change jobs. The difference being, you want to gain valuable experience that will help your career long-term (while also making more money).
The other little secret to keep in mind is that some industries prefer candidates with a variety of work experiences. It gives employees the big picture and demonstrates a depth of knowledge. Today’s infographic from our friends at National Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation reminded me how the restaurant industry embraces the idea of employees having a diverse background.
We all know that talented employees always have job options. I was surprised to hear 90% of workers age 35 and older move to higher paying jobs in the industry. That number is 70% for young professionals ages 18-24. Since restaurants exist in every neighborhood, employees in the industry have many options.
In a previous infographic, we talked about the opportunities that restaurant industry employees have to move into management positions. By allowing employees mobility to leave and learn something new with a different employer, it’s possible the employee will boomerang back with a set of skills they could never get otherwise.
Employee – employer loyalty is very hard to achieve. So when we have it, it’s understandable that we don’t want to let it go. It’s possible that loyalty would be even stronger when employees are able to grow their careers, even if it means leaving and boomeranging back.