- Job-hopping is when you move from one company to the next every one to two years, have done it multiple times, and the reason for each move is due to something other than a layoff or company closure.
- Job-hopping can be extremely advantageous to certain types of people, provided they do it for a good reason.
The job market has shifted and has been ever-changing over the past several decades. Trends have come and go, but some of them have become evident, especially to the younger generations.
Although usually noted as having a negative impact on your career, there may also be some benefits to this. But what is job-hopping?
Frank Dadah, a principal account manager and general manager of WinterWyman, a recruitment firm that specializes in search and contract staffing, says that job-hopping is moving from one company to the next for either a lateral move or for promotion.
“It is usually considered job hopping when you move from one company to the next every one to two years, have done it multiple times, and the reason for each move is due to something other than a layoff or company closure,” Dadah explains.
Job-hopping can be extremely advantageous to certain types of people if they do it for a good reason. “For those in technology, for example, it allows them the opportunity to gain valuable technical knowledge in different environments and cultures.
This can be more common for those specializing in development, mobile, and Project Management. While job-hopping has a negative connotation; this is more about a resource providing value to a company, and then realizing there is nothing more to learn in that environment. To keep their skills fresh, it is necessary for technologists to remain current in a highly competitive market.
Job-hopping is more common with less tenured employees since they feel confident in their skills to be able to move on without burning a bridge and can add value immediately in a new opportunity. “With employers being more open to hiring job hoppers, we expect the trend to continue,” according to Laurie Lopez, a partner and senior general manager in the IT Contracts division at WinterWyman.
What are the pros of job-hopping?
Through time, a job-hopper would be able to diversify their background, and this can be more attractive to potential employers provided it is the right set and mix of skills that they need. Job-hoppers can potentially offer new ideas and ways of doing things since they have been through different industries and working environments.
Job-hoppers have seen how other companies work and how people handle their businesses, which could be an opportunity for them to expand their experiences and skillsets. Certain types of jobs require a skill set that is diverse, dynamic, and ever-evolving, which cannot be fostered under just one employer. Working with several employers can provide access to different resources that you cannot acquire with only one job experience.
If done right, job-hopping can help you build a robust professional network, which most of the time, is the reason why you get hired.
Job-hopping can be the fastest way to upgrading one’s title, salary, and benefits rather than just waiting for a promotion.
A new job often leads to a higher paycheck as companies are willing to pay more for the right person.
What are the cons of job-hopping?
Employers will be hesitant to invest
Most companies would look at job-hoppers as someone who is not loyal or someone who is not reliable for them to keep. Potential employers may think that job-hoppers won’t be staying for a long time and would be lacking commitment. Jumping from one job to another can give employers the impression that the same thing will likely be done to them when they hire a job-hopper.
Hiring an employee usually costs a lot, so should they leave in a short period of time, it can significantly affect a company’s budget.
Given a job-hopper’s track records, it is probable that they will be the first ones to get laid off if necessary.
By job-hopping, no long-term impact has been made to your career. You wouldn’t be able to have the opportunity to be promoted from within the company.
Jumping from one work to another seriously compromises a person’s potential to develop a meaningful relationship with their colleagues, which acts as guarantors, or people who can vouch for your talent.
There may be benefits to job-hopping, but it should be for the right reasons – maintain healthy relationships with past employers and keep the skills you’ve learned intact. The pros should outweigh the cons so that your future employer can see you as a flexible and resourceful candidate.
Steve Kamouski, president of the Search Division at WinterWyman, said, “the most important thing is to be able to demonstrate that no matter where you worked or for how long, that you were someone who was critical to the success of a project or the company as a whole.” He also added that “a resume should tell the reader why you were important to the success of some project or company and should show that you have grown over time gaining increased responsibility, scope and success.”
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