6 things to keep in mind when considering job-hopping

One of our experienced recruiters’, Jade Lough, sheds light on whether job-hopping is a smart move. 


As a recruiter I speak to people all day, every day, about their careers and what they’re looking for in a role. As this is such an important part of my day to day working life, it inevitably feeds into my weekends. This weekend over Sunday lunch, a close friend of mine was telling me about their new job which had the most amazing benefits and, most importantly, a huge staff discount! “Make the most of my discount though” they said, “I’ll be gone in 2 years time, I don’t want my CV to get stale”; and this really got me thinking, is it better to move roles every few years or will loyalty pay off in the long run?

 

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Benefits of job-hopping

An increase in pay and / or seniority

  • 99% of the candidates I place will get a salary increase or move into a more senior role when they move jobs. It’s part of the incentive to move and it’s usually much easier to ask for a pay rise when you start somewhere new, than when you’re two years into a role and having a tough few months at work.

Diverse experience

  • Each company has different opportunities and challenges, which enables you to experience different ways of working. Moving jobs increases your exposure and personal growth in ways that you may not have been able to, if you stayed in one job for an extended period.

Building a network

  • As the adage goes “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” and the more places you work, the more people you meet, therefore your professional network continues to grow. Building a strong network is extremely important in the working world as they can recommend you to others, impart their knowledge and be a friendly voice at the end of the phone when you need some advice.

 

How job-hopping can affect your career

Viewed as disloyal

  • This is hands down the biggest hurdle candidate’s face when they are in the market for a new role. Employers sometimes question whether it is worth the risk of spending time onboarding and training somebody, only for them to move on in a short period of time.

Questions around cultural fit

  • ‘Why have they moved so much? Are they difficult to get along with? Do you think they rub people up the wrong way?’ These are just a few questions I get asked if a candidate has had multiple jobs in a short period of time. Job-hopping can sometimes lead employers to assume that candidates may not be a great cultural fit or may disrupt the team in a negative way.

Surface level experience

  • This is especially true if your role is project based or takes a while to get your head around and start making an impact. Are you seeing projects through to completion or is your experience high level?  It can sometimes be difficult to gain in depth experience if you are moving jobs frequently.

 

Do you think job hopping has become more acceptable? Do you still steer clear of candidates with multiple jobs in a short period of time? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

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