Job Hopping- When and Why?

Do you think changing jobs frequently is the easiest route to climb up the corporate rungs quickly? Even though industry experts acknowledge the increase in number of ‘job-hoppers’ in the market, their preferences are still with a ‘loyal’ employee than a person who has changed jobs frequently.

Human resource people complain a lot about job hopping. They say companies would rather hire someone who stays a long time at companies because that will mean the person will stay a long time at their company. Of course this is true.

It’s clear that job hopping benefits the employee, not the employer. But when the majority of young people are job hopping, and companies are having a hard time attracting young people to work recruiters don’t have the luxury of writing people off just because they job hopped. Recruiters write people off because their resume looks like they won’t contribute enough to the company.

So, the trick with job hopping is to make sure your resume always shows that you make a huge contribution wherever you go. That can be independent of job duration. You can show that you are loyal to a company by exceeding their expectations with your outstanding performance. Loyalty is about delivery. Show that on your resume, the same place you show job hopping.

Today, the increasing number of job opportunities and dearth of quality talent has opened up plenty of opportunities for talented professionals. This has made it easier for people to quit one job and join another without much hassle. Experts observe that job hopping is quite prevalent at the junior and mid-level professionals as the desire for better profile and better compensation is higher at these levels. Many consider that moving from one firm to another is the easiest way to grow up in career. One might get the desired designation or compensation by changing jobs, but may lack the experience or knowledge that comes with the years. Hence, job hopping may affect their capabilities to handle the responsibilities that come with a higher position.

Job hopping is positive if the movement is for the right reason. Other positives of job hopping include opportunity to learn new things, more monetary benefits, exposure to new organisational culture and practices etc.

But an unplanned job hopping has many drawbacks caution experts. The employee has to start proving his/her own capabilities all over again, relationships have to be built again, new environment, culture, manager all of it has to be relived. If money was the sole reason for the job change, there could be a big disappointment awaiting his/her doors in terms of job contentment, role and responsibility, or the organisational culture. Many organisations consider job hoppers as people who are unable to perform continuously and they get rejected during selection process.

To avoid such a situation experts suggest few tips for professionals who consider shifting jobs frequently. The person must be able to justify his/her reason for change. It should be a prudent and planned decision for career progression, job satisfaction etc. Be sure of the reason why you want to switch as higher salary should never be the prime reason for change. In the end, it’s not just money that will give you job satisfaction but work culture, company policies, and many other such factors make the best job.

Changing job is not all bad, but doing it for good reasons like good profile with more responsibilities, good salary hike, higher designation, learning opportunities, relocation to new place etc is a smart career move towards success!

That’s the thing about job hopping. People want to hear an explanation that makes sense. They don’t want to hear you failed, or didn’t get along with people, or have no attention span. Not every job will be the pinnacle of success, but a good resume writer can make every job look like it was some sort of success, and that your level of success increased with each hop, because with each hop you got more responsibility.

In the end, job hopping is neither good nor bad. It really depends on situation. From the employers’ perspective, it is definitely a bad thing. From an employee’s perspective however, sometimes job hopping is necessary to advance your career.

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  • Job Hopping is the best option to increase the salary for the Individual.
    Similarly downsizing or firing by the company is the best option to increase their profit . Both have their best options!!

    Winners are those who play the game smartly (ie When and Why).

  • P.V.Kakkar

    what u have written is only applicable in a fair organisation but where companies pay differently for the same job depending on how needy an individual for the job then job hopping is a reality to be lived with.Unfair HR policies are the main culprits to job hopping ahead of exploitation and attitude of bosses.

  • Aravinth K

    Good Write Up for all to think…

    K. Aravinnth

  • Annie Tadaiya

    Good article which will be helpful for freshers before hopping a job without gaining experience.

  • Shab985

    stik to one job

  • Greetings,

    Agreed , its ideal to build stability. But what about the talents who have to change job due to structural and economical changes? Please do share your views on the talents who had to change their jobs and have not been able to find a stable role since the recession.
    Thanking you in anticipation,

  • Thankyou K.Aravinnth ! You made my day !

  • Thankyou Annie, Glad about your suggestion.

  • When it is balanced and rewired. A logical thought process validates the job-hop. It poses no threat to the future when the reason for change is self explanotary

  • Well, the structural reasons will always remain. It becomes self-explanatory when the job-hop is guided.