Approach to Job hopping

XYZ has received an extremely lucrative job offer that promises great returns and he is thinking of jumping at it before it is too late. Instead of rushing and just grabbing it we suggest he must be patient and use his discretion before taking a decision. Today almost every vacancy appears “lucrative”; thanks to fancy, designation, delectable job descriptions and innumerable head hunters, there is no dearth of dream job seekers and organizations hunting for skilled manpower.

Unlike yesteryears, when frequent change of jobs was an indication towards a professional’s lack of focus, today, investing more than ‘apt’ time in a company is often looked at as in competency or lack of ambition. Take the case of ‘A’ who is working for a media company from last six years, fears being tagged as a ‘not-so-career-oriented’ professional. The fact is she has to take care of her children and so a reason enough for her loyalty to the present organization. But she feels it is no justification as the tide is turning.

Loyalty to the employer is old fashioned, say market experts. If one sees all new employees in his office, he can be assured that he is considered as a furniture item and looked down upon as an aging professional. On the other hand, there are a few like, a bank employee, who feels that though job hopping is an acceptable occurrence, only fresh candidates can get away with it.

Job hopping is no longer looked at as a negative trait, provided a career oriented individual knows his ‘aim’ and drafted a career path to accomplish it. However, the trend of job hopping owes its acceptance to many factors.

With the economy booming like never before the need for skilled manpower has the job market on a spin. With the invasion of MNCs and professionals looking to set up their own business, opportunities are abundant. The job market seems to be like a pool of professionals, freshers and experienced and employers are looking for the right candidate.

‘Pay matters most’ adage is the route followed by many professionals; they decide to take on a new job because it translates to better returns. Undoubtedly, apart from apart from the company profile, job description and other factors, the most attractive part of any opening is the returns it can fetch. It is suggested If one has decided to give in to the trend of job hopping, it is important to look beyond the pay check. The job hopping individual may know the range of salary he will be offered but, as an outsider to the company, estimating the size and content of a job accurately is a difficult task.

Not many people realize that they feel compelled to go for a job change just because their peers are doing it. This comparison of career graph with friends and peers can be indeed inspiring.

An employee was not considering a job change till sometime back until his colleagues got better opportunities, he made up his mind shifting from programming to software sales.

Sometimes, peer pressure results in waking up to the job scenario, and cashing on opportunities to be at par with peers.

In today’s competitive world, work pressure, deadlines and politics are a part of every job profile. One has to deal with all this, and at times, much more. Thus, stagnation and boredom creeps in easily. Job hopping gives a fresh perspective to ones career providing opportunities to perform at different environs and learn the different tricks of the trade.

Some variety in the resume is desirable to indicate that a person is not resistant to change and ready to accept new challenges. It is important that a professional knows his long term goals and is progressing towards it. Lack of which indicates a superficial approach to life.

People leave managers not companies. HR experts say that of all abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable and may decide to go for a job change over a trivial issue. They know that now there are many opportunities out there. A senior sales manager with a topnotch office automation company, decided to call it quits and start from scratch in a different industry because he was desperate for a change. The reason is his incompatibility with seniors.

Most often than not, the immediate boss is the reason for which many people stay and thrive in an organization. Others quit for the same reason. And when they leave, they take knowledge, experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition.

There is a divided opinion about Job hopping. Job hopping is not always about being indecisive or fickle minded. Job change is vital for energizing careers, infusing creativity and self motivation. The problem arises when switching jobs becomes a second nature and professionals accept pouring job offers at the drop of a hat.

Many organizations prefer employees with a gamut of experiences. No point taking up job offers just because there is a potential to earn more. One must not let go of their dreams and make proper selection. If there is no thrill in a new job, a professional may be leading a mechanical life.

The change could go awfully wrong unless one has weighted other equally important factors before deciding to add to the fast growing bandwagon of professionals for whom job hopping is becoming a routine. Being at the right place at the right time is what is called a smart move.

Reasons for Job Hopping

1. Salary hike
2. Better profile/prospects
3. Desire to relocate
4. Difficult boss
5. Peer pressure
6. Been there, done that
7. Garner new experience


1. Re-energize career
2. Infuse creativity
3. Self motivation
4. Triggers career progress

Consider Switching Jobs as per your

1. Qualification and interests
2. Individual goals
3. Priorities in life
4. Strengths and weaknesses
5. Skills and temperament
6. Present job scenario
7. Market
8. Industry trends.