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Is Job Hopping Really That Bad?

Posted: 12th Jan 2018

We often see the term “job hopping” but what is it and why is it becoming so popular nowadays?

Job hopping is becoming increasingly common in the UK. People will jump from job to job – from company to company, typically within a short amount of time.

Nowadays, jobs are only a click and scroll away and with it being so accessible, there is little time for patience. This means if something doesn’t load within 5-8 seconds, people are most likely going to click away. The younger generation does not care so much about stability, they look more for exploration – this makes them a more adventurous job seeker. 

It wasn’t long before job hopping meant a guaranteed rejection by recruiters. A choppy CV will stand out against other candidates and sometimes, changing jobs frequently can carry out tremendous risks, especially if you have had to leave a job because things didn’t go so well with the employer or company.  

Routine in our everyday lives can be a blessing or a burden. We all like the comfort of routine but also it can get pretty boring at the same time. Job hopping can help increase variety for each new job you have. You have the opportunity to learn something about an industry, another company and hopefully, yourself.

It can also allow you to add a number of skills to your CV, making you an attractive candidate for future employers. You just need to make sure you prove these skills have worked in the past. You can do this by providing information on past tasks and projects that have performed well.

If job hopping is done right and done well, it can be a great opportunity for working with a number of companies and industries allowing you to grow sustainable professional networks that could become useful in the future.

However, depending on how long you have worked and how you left the company, you could have burned some bridges on the way out. You may have just lost a considerable amount of contacts that could have been used as references when you decide to look for a new job.

It can also develop a social personality that adjusts well to new environments meaning starting a new role won’t be a problem. This adaptability generates a sense of relationship and motivation.

Some people within a certain industry will have a general idea of how they would like to see their career progress. People will have a scope of what direction they want to go in their career meaning they will either stay within a company for 10+ years or job hop until they find the right job for them within a specific industry. Job hopping can also have a benefit to people who need to find out what they enjoy the most and they can find this by changing industries and getting an insight into their career path.

However, with job hopping, you could be missing out on possible internal promotions. By staying within a company, it is a way of your employer noticing your skills and rewarding you a promotion. If you are always job hopping, then how will you ever get a promotion? This also applies to a salary as well. Job hopping will restrict you from being able to build up your salary, giving you less disposable income for you to enjoy, however, if money doesn’t apply to you, you have nothing to worry about.

Many employers might see job hopping as negative and if they have noticed that you are hopping from job to job, especially in a short period of time, it can reflect badly on yourself. The employer may see you as lacking in focus, motivation, and having little knowledge about the job and industry.

Yes, you might have an eye catching CV, but employers can see that you have moved around a lot and may think twice about employing you. The employer will probably wonder how long you are going to stay with them for and if it’s worth investing the money into you. It’s a risk some employers aren’t willing to take.
Now, for us recruiters, we have a service to give which needs to be proven to the client that we can get you the perfect candidate for a specific role. Sending someone who has a choppy CV may jeopardise the relationship between a client and the recruiters. Clients and recruiters will look at people who’s CV isn’t choppy and been in a role for a year or more.

Certain roles will need to have at least one year experience. If you are going for a sales role, you need to have built up your knowledge and show that you are able to meet targets – this is vital.

You shouldn’t be so quick to judge an individual just because they have a history of switching jobs. It could potentially be an opportunity for a rising star waiting for the right role to blossom. Don’t settle to fill the seat, make sure you have the right person for the job. Poor hiring can add to the problem and do the candidates disfavour in the end. 
--By Lottie Foskett --