Generations ago, employees would often form long term relationships with a single employer that would carry them through decades of their working lives, and sometimes these jobs covered the entire path from the entry level to retirement. But this doesn’t happen much anymore. Employer-employee loyalty has become largely a thing of the past, and parties on both sides now embrace a philosophy of self-reliance (if you feel complimentary) and self-interest (if you don’t). This usually works out better for both entities; Modern employers feel little hesitation when they need to cut positions in order to stay profitable, and modern employees are free to prioritize their own needs and career growth without fear of the old-fashion stigma associated with “job-hopping.”On average, professional employees now stick with the same employer for about 2.5 years before moving on. But if you’re not wild about this modern tendency and you’d like to find a position that offers long term stability, that’s okay. Keep these job search tips in mind.