Job hopping is an accepted reality these days. It is indeed quite rare to hear of someone, who plans to retire at a ripe old age from his / her first job. This trend, however, can become a double edged sword as too many job changes can adversely affect your career. It is career. It is one of the most difficult things to explain in your CV as it can question credibility and employability.
Changing your job frequently may appear to be beneficial in terms of monetary gains. However be warned as in long run it could backfire.
Given that frequent job changes within a short span of time can have a long term effect on your career. It is a good idea to put in a lot of thought before changing a job. A hurried job change as a result of a tiff with your boss or a very minor pay hike can be very difficult to explain later. Freelance journalist however point out if you are not happy with your job, it is best to quit, else you become a liability for the company. You will get another job that suits you and the company will get another asset.
There are umpteen reasons why employees switch jobs. It primarily stems from a sense of dissatisfaction, which could be because of the pay stagnation or equation with one’s boss and colleagues. Besides these, sudden changes in the job profile, departmental changes, transfers or even a company merger can leave one feeling insecure frustrated or out of sync.
Personal circumstances, like relocation, failing health or family obligations can also compel people to quit or switch jobs. A services officer’s wife had to move to various locations across the country. In spite of being a qualified professional, she had to quit many jobs as there is no point in living separately.
Loyalty is a rare quality these days. Look at most successful people – they’ve stood by their organizations for years and gone beyond the call of duty. Job hopping can reap only short term benefits. All organizations value loyal employees. Rapid and unexplained moves can question your commitment towards work and the organizations as well as your ability to accept challenges and survive adverse situations. Long years of service look good on your resume. Probable employers will check your track record and you can negotiate accordingly.
The biggest take home of staying put in the same organization is the comfort level you develop. In every organization, you need to carve a niche for yourself and prove your mettle. So, each job change means adapting to a new culture foregoing new relationships and proving your worth all over again. This can be a difficult as well as a time consuming investment.
Too many job switches immediately put off the HR, their first reaction is to hold it against you. So, you are already on the back foot even before your interview begins. How will you convey and convince the person on the other side of the table why you switched jobs so frequently? Will he/ she understand or will he/she hold it against you?
It is important that you be able to justify the switch. The best way is to put in a positive light. Explain how the job change was a well thought out one and a spur of the moment decision.
Unfortunately, many candidates often resort to lying and fudging documents, but that is a complete no-no. It may seem the easy way out at that point of time (especially if you badly want the job) but it could land you in a great deal of trouble later. HR professional cautions, the HR of most big organizations verify the information provided by candidates. We even need to find out whether the reasons given for the job changes are authentic or not. Word gets round, especially in the same industry so any fib is likely to get known and will be held against you. Even after being hired, you could get fired for not disclosing correct information.
If there are problems at work instead of being impulsive or de-motivated and leaving the organization, you can develop a positive attitude and try to identify the problem and sort things out. If there’s a motivation problem, change your approach – take the initiative, talk to your boss and may be get a new project going. If you have a problem with your boss, find ways how you can improve your relationships with him /her. Don’t let a bad day at work be the deciding factor.
So think about the long term consequences and take a considered decision before grabbing the next offer that comes your way.