Job hopping, the good, the bad and the ugly

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It used to be that job hopping is not for everyone but in today’s uncertain economy it’s mostly not by choice. But bad economy or not people job hop for various reason whether they feel they’ve served their time at their workplace or because they’re bored and change their job regularly to keep it interesting.

Some believe that the ‘grass is greener on the other side’ and can’t resist as soon as they see a better work opportunity. Then there’s the ‘jack of all trades’ whose job history reads something like chef for six months and school teacher for three months.

Now whichever type you are let’s have a look at the pros and cons of being a job hopper as sourced from True Love magazine September 2014 edition.

Cons

  • Employers become less understanding as job candidates mature, if you’ve reached your early to mid-thirties it’s viewed as less acceptable.
  • It constantly undermines your achievements and successes, as you never stay long enough at one job to enjoy your accomplishments.
  • You’re yet to feel a sense of belonging in most of the companies you’ve worked for as you don’t settle in long enough to establish work relationships.
  • If the lure of a salary increase is always your reason to job hop that can indicate a lack of passion for your skill, it also shows instability and lack of loyalty.

The ugly side to job hopping

With every interview a strong justification as to why you left each position would have to be given in order to get rid of the stigma of not being loyal, as the company may feel if you’re not going to be there for the long haul, they may not hire you, and so you miss out on a dream job.

Pros

A benefit to job hopping is that it shows you’re versatility, and impresses employers that you can work in different environments.

While in some industries job hopping is inevitable the key is to make sure you know the average working years for people in your industry.

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