There is Nothing Permanent About a Permanent Position

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter points out that there is nothing permanent about a permanent job and what you should do about it.


There was something interesting going on on my other show, “Job Search Radio,” (I’ve discontinued Job Search Radio but still do No BS Job Search Advice Radio) where four guests in a row pointed out a fallacy the job hunters hold, that employees hold.

You see most employers try to seduce people (for you) by describing their jobs as “permanent positions,” when they aren’t.

Here I  point out that there is nothing permanent about a permanent job and what you should do about it.

The term, “permanent position,” is an anachronism.

You see, there are full-time jobs that occupy your time for 40 hours per week or more. But they are not permanent. They just occupy your time.

Philosophically as you evaluate positions there are a few things you need to think of.

What are you going to get out of this experience?

What sort of knowledge, skill, or experience can you plunk on your resume that will make you desirable to the next employer?

Think of this job as having a tour of duty– 18 months, 24 months, whatever it is. How will they determine what your next tour will be with the firm? What sort of benchmarks will they use to consider you for another role?

Remember, just as the achievement you would have if you were to change jobs will be measured by another employer, the job you perform for this firm will be used to measure you for other opportunities internally. Don’t let their chump job be how you are evaluated by them.


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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