President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
In today’s job market, job hopping has become the norm. With an increase in available opportunities, employees have the upper hand. Now more than ever, they tend to move from job to job more frequently until they find their best fit. However, is it a good idea to try out jobs this way?
Many employers share the same sentiment: No, it is definitely not a good idea! Firstly, when you job hop, you jeopardize your tenure. Having strong tenure at any one position shows your ability to commit. Employers ideally seek to build a team of employees who are willing to learn and grow with the company. They pursue candidates whom they feel will bring continual growth and success to their business. Thus, they tend to hire candidates who have stayed at their jobs for at least two years.
Secondly, job hopping can be detrimental to your character as an employee. Employers are a bit wary hiring a job applicant whose resume seems a bit jumpy. When an employer reviews your resume and sees that you job hop, it tells that employer that you do not stick to anything. It can make you come across as being an unreliable employee who does not take his or her position seriously.
Lastly, job hopping does not allow you to earn your full potential in the position. If you think of it this way, a lot of companies put new hires on probation that can range anywhere between three and six months. This is the amount of time for training they estimate you would need to just start learning the gist of the position.
Therefore, leaving the job a few months after your hire does not enable you to experience the full depth of the role and gain sufficient skills. Also, during this period, employers invest a lot of time and money into your training. Why would they devote all of that into an employee whom they feel will ultimately leave in a few months?
Yes, there are unfortunate circumstances that can cause you to leave a job shortly after starting it. Whether it be an unforeseen layoff, an untimely death, or an unexpected illness, these are all understandable and excusable. However, if you habitually job hop, chances are your resume may be overlooked causing you to lose out on a great opportunity.
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