Survey of HR Managers: How Many Job Changes is Too Many?

Have you had five or more jobs in the past 10 years? 

Without even realizing it, you may be considered by potential employers as a job hopper. 

In a recent survey developed by Robert Half, HR managers interviewed said an average of five job changes in a 10-year span can prompt worries you're a job hopper. 

"The job market has been unpredictable in recent years, and employers understand job candidates may have had short stints in some positions," said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. "However, businesses look for people who will be committed to the organization, can contribute to the company, and help it reach its short- and long-term goals. Too much voluntary job hopping can be a red flag."

Robert Half offers questions to consider when determining if you should stay at your current job or look for a new one:

  1. Why do you want a new opportunity? Are you looking for greater challenge or more money? A shorter commute or more flexible hours? A better relationship with your manager? Be sure to keep the job factors that are most important to you at the forefront of your decision and pursue a new opportunity only if it helps address those issues.
  2. Have you looked within? Don't assume you need to leave your company to find the job you want. There may be other jobs with your current employer that are a better fit.
  3. Where is the greatest long-term potential and stability? Is your best chance to build your skills and advance your career with your existing firm or another one? Which business is on the most solid footing? You don't want to make a move only to learn your career progression is stalled, or your new company is struggling.

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