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Job Hopping

Job hopping isn’t the answer

Times they are a changin’. And so are people. Many are job hopping and it isn’t the answer if you’re seeking long-term career satisfaction.

More and more I see people making quick successive career moves.

1 year here, 8 months there, just over a year at yet another new company.

There’s always an explanation, layoffs happen, the pandemic economy can be blamed to some extent, BUT…it’s not a good look.

I talk a lot about how companies need to resolve their revolving door issues. Candidates need to do the same.

There may be valid reasons for a period of job hopping, but just as often, people make one impulsive move after another.

And hiring managers don’t like it. I find that most still want to see stability on the resume before they’ll even consider a candidate.

One short stint can be overlooked. 2 to 3+ recent, quick jumps? It can be a deal killer before a conversation can even get going.

Lots of folks got swept up in The Great Resignation and many landed better gigs with higher pay. Fantastic!

But if this has turned into a tendency for job hopping over every little hiccup or inconvenience, it’s going to hurt you in the long run.

And it can be a real disadvantage if you find yourself needing to land a job in a down economy.

If this sounds like you and you’re feeling the itch for change AGAIN, all is not lost, but consider these suggestions:

☑️ If you’re new to a role/company, and things haven’t turned out as expected, talk to your manager, and give things a chance to get better before you hop.

☑️ If you can, stick for at least 2 years, learn what you can, and THEN consider options. They’ll be a lot better then.

☑️ If you must change, take your time, ask tons of questions, and make sure (sure as you can be) this move is the right fit.

☑️ Not ready to commit? Consider taking on contract jobs. They can last 3 to 12 months on average, and then you can bounce. It’s also one way to try before you buy, and you can learn a lot about what does and doesn’t work for you. (Make sure to indicate these are contract roles on your resume so you don’t get dinged for hopping around)

☑️ Are there specific, valid circumstances behind successive changes? It does happen. Work with a good resume writer to best position your career moves so that you CAN land that right longer-term gig.

The fact is, working life can be rewarding but also hard. It’s not always smooth sailing, Companies and people aren’t perfect. It can be difficult to know whether to stick or change.

If you’re not sure and need some advice, connect with me and let’s hop on a call and hash out the pros and cons. I promise to give you some straight talk based on what I see in your situation AND the market so you can make an informed decision.