Job hopping – the upside trend

The idea of job hopping usually is frowned upon experts say that there can be an upside to this often frowned upon trend.

For an aspirant, it can be quite a task to explain why he/she has jumped jobs frequently. Though reasons may be professional or personal, experts say that the best way is to be forthright with your future employer. As long as employees’ job changes can be justified, employers will not look at it negatively.

Typically young aspirants tend to have a high turnover ratio in the few months or years they would have worked, against a person with significant work experience. There can be many reasons for this: higher studies, confusion in their minds about what’s best for them as a career, or out of sheer frustration emanating from their need for quick success.

While the idea of job hopping is frowned upon in the industry, experts say that there can be certain advantages too. And with young people rising fast in India Inc., many organizations say that they prefer hiring aspirants who have a range of experience under their belt. A fresh look at the existing way of doing things is certainly the most important quality such employees bring to an organization. New ideas will be generated and there is a possibility that employees who are in the system for long are professionally challenged. Candidates with relevant experience in the industry can certainly boost innovation in the organization.

These aspirants are likely to enjoy being continuously challenged with newer assignments which stretches their imagination and potential. In job profiles that require these characteristics in differing degrees, they would be good fits and could turn out to be high performers. They also bring in a heterogeneous experience working in different environments or jobs, which can be handy for jobs that involve multi-tasking. However, every story has two sides and experts say that though job hopping can be an advantage sometimes, there might be some explaining to do. There might be a possibility where the candidate lacks in depth experience or knowledge on a particular practice or subject. Also, in such instances, he/she might be seen as person who is more of an individual player rather than a good corporate citizen.

While most experts contend that job hopping is not necessarily bad, they throw a caveat that it is important to establish the real reason for it. And finally, candidates need to make sure that they can show a good performance record. In the end all an organization needs is determination and the will to succeed.

If you are wondering how an aspirant can make the best out of a situation like this and succeed in an organization, experts show the way:

1. Aspirants should try to select job roles or responsibilities which fit into their natural disposition, at the age they are in, to be self motivated, and to be able to build a career in one organization.
2. He/she must be in a position to convince the new employer that job change is more for professional growth or for compelling personal reasons and certainly not only for a pay hike.
3. It is very important for an employee to show sincerity and intent for a long term relationship with the organization he/she aspires to work with. The candidate should at least be clear about the commitment on the time frame required if asked by the organization. He/she should present details on actual projects which are slightly long term that he/she has completed in earlier stints.