Is Job Hopping Losing Its Stigma?

 Job Hopping

An improving economy and 4.8 million job openings in the U.S. means even more workers could be looking to change jobs soon. And many of these people aren’t concerned about being labeled a "job hopper." In fact, according to an Accountemps survey, 57 percent of workers between the ages of 18 and 34 believe job hopping (changing full-time jobs frequently) can benefit their career.

Survey respondents said the greatest benefits of job hopping include earning higher compensation, gaining new skills, experiencing a new company/corporate culture and moving up the career ladder faster. Seven percent even feel that it looks better to have multiple employers on a resume. (See infographic below for full survey results.)

If you’re employed full-time and wondering if it’s time for a job change, it's important to be strategic and think through your options. Take a look at these considerations before making a decision.

  1. Earning higher compensation – If money is the primary reason for leaving, and your employer can’t offer a higher salary, look at the entire compensation package before heading out the door. Other benefits like telecommuting, flextime or generous vacation time can make up for a smaller paycheck.

  2. Gaining new skills – Sometimes you have little choice but to job hop to gain experience in a particular area – if you’re switching industries or seeking certain cutting-edge technical skills, for example. Just be sure you first explore professional development options at your current firm, such as company-sponsored training programs, tuition reimbursement, job shadowing and mentorships.

  3. Moving up the career ladder faster – You might believe that you have to change companies to get the promotion you want. But before you start a job search, sit down with your manager and get his or her perspective on your career path. If expectations for the future don’t align, you can feel more confident in exploring other opportunities.

  4. Experiencing a new corporate culture – The company culture at your firm isn’t likely to change, and if you don’t mesh well with it, you may want to move on. But make sure it’s the culture you’re unsatisfied with and not other aspects of your job.

  5. It looks better on a resume to have multiple employers – Employers like to see evidence of professional growth on a candidate’s resume, and job hopping can be a good way to show steady career progression. However, a Robert Half survey of human resources managers found that an average of five job changes in 10 years can raise red flags. 

Do you think job hopping is losing its stigma? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 


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