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Changing jobs frequently, especially as a means of quick financial gain or career advancement appears to be trending. Gone are the days when people hang on to their jobs for 30 years before getting their pension and retiring in comfort. Gone are the days where college grads joined a company and stayed for life, rising through the ranks to win that ultimate workplace trophy: the corner office.
Job hopping is the ‘New Normal’ for Gen X and the millennials (Gen Y). It is all about instant gratification.
By the age of 35, 25 percent of workers have held five jobs or more. Most job hoppers can be found in the Information Technology and hospitality industries that have talent shortage and the financial and telecom industries that are quite competitive
Before you engage in job hopping, it is important to understand the dynamics and decide if it is “your thing”. Many people have had successful careers working in one place for a long time.
Whether you are contemplating staying put or moving on, Ajilon put together a list of questions to ask yourself to help make a smart decision: Understand the opportunity costs.
Employers find job-hopping less acceptable after the age of 40. Trends show otherwise. With the retiring baby boomers, this generation Xers are most sought after to fill top senior positions.
With the internet and social media trend, accessibility is possible allowing more workers to take on traditional career paths – freelancing, temps, consulting which allows them pursue other interests.
Those advocating for job hopping say…
What can I say, if it has to do with leadership or careers, I am in on it. Do it for the right reasons. There are benefits in job hopping for both employees and employers.
Those against job hopping say…
What can I say, Loyalty is no longer about putting in your time, or paying your dues, it is about providing measurable value and being rewarded for just that.
“The most important thing is to be able to demonstrate that no matter where you worked or for how long, that you were someone who was critical to the success of a project or the company as a whole,” says Steve Kasmouski, president of the Search Divisions at WinterWyman. “Your resume should tell the reader why you were important to the success of some project or company and should show that you have grown over time gaining increased responsibility, scope and success.”