Job hopping is the term used to describe the act of an employee who moves from job to job in a short period of time. Previously this behaviour was frowned upon, it lacked a sense of commitment and loyalty on the employee’s behalf, planting the seeds of doubt in the minds of employers. Why would a company want to invest time and money in someone who could decide to move on in 12 months time?
Looking at this behaviour from a positive angle job hopping can give candidates the opportunity to re-invent themselves by making strategic career moves that could benefit both the employer and the employee.
- With each job role you are increasing your skills and knowledge of the industry further developing your career.
- As you become more experienced you will be to negotiate a better salary with each role.
- With each role you are adding to your network of contacts.
- You reduce the risk of becoming bored.
- They will benefit from the skills and knowledge you have picked up through your previous jobs.
- The person will already have a wealth of experience reducing the need for training.
- With each new role you are determined to prove your worth thus working harder to achieve your objectives.
Job hopping isn’t suited for everyone, for those of you who do want to try and fast track your career here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Think about your next career move, will this new position utilises your newly developed skills and experience?
- Don’t burn bridges with your current and previous employers, you may end up working with them again in the future.
- Be prepared to answer questions regarding the number of jobs you have had in what would be considered a short period of time.
With employment rates improving people are no longer feeling pressured into staying in their current jobs, if employees are not feeling fulfilled then they are happy to look elsewhere.