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Loyalty is valuable, but so is moving around as often as possible - particularly in the automotive sector

The death of the Queen shone a spotlight on her remarkable record of public service – a job for life that brought stability to the UK and the Commonwealth over seven decades of momentous change.  

Of course, the Queen had no choice in the matter after dedicating herself as a young woman to a lifetime of public duty, but it gives cause to think about the pros and cons of longevity when it comes to professional career choices. 

As an employee, is it better to stay loyal to a company and climb the internal ladder, or should you chop and change to achieve your ambitions? Can you remain in a job or a company for too long? 

There are no hard and fast rules, but having run an automotive executive search company for the past 12 years, I've seen enough CVs and conducted enough interviews to know what to look for in a candidate and how to identify red flags.

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