Job hopping means frequently changing jobs. While many career experts believe job hopping is a bad idea, some say it can be beneficial. It is certainly becoming more acceptable to the younger generation. Only 13 percent of millennials believe employees should stay in one job five years or longer. But 41 percent of baby boomers believed in staying in one position five years or more.
But how do employers themselves view job hopping? It depends on the company and position, of course. Still, there are some general pros and cons. Here’s a look at job hopping as employers see it.
- Wider experience. Some employers will hire a job hopper simply because they need someone with the experience the person has. If you have learned new technologies or methods that can be helpful to the hiring manager, your previous experience is likely to be viewed as a benefit.
- Bigger networks. In every job, you will expand your network. You will know more managers and co-workers. As a result, you will know more people in the field. Employers may see your network as a resource that could potentially benefit them. They might want to know of good past co-workers for hiring or simply how your former supervisor handled some tasks.
- Dependability and Loyalty. Most companies want employees to be dependable and loyal to their employers. If they hire you and put you on the learning curve for a job, they want to know they can rely on you to be there down the line. They may see several short-term jobs on your resume as a sign you won’t be and choose someone with a more stable job history.
- Promotional Opportunities. Many companies routinely groom employees for promotional paths. A history as a job hopper may make hiring managers think twice about tapping you for a promotion. Companies view promotions as an investment of both time and money in you. If you leave several months or a year after a promotion, it’s a loss of that time and money.
Ultimately, if you’re thinking of changing jobs after just a few months or a year, think carefully about these pros and cons. Will employers appreciate your experience and networks, or worry you will job hop away from them? For more information, contact us today.