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Is Job Hopping Terrible for Your Career?

Holding multiple jobs only for a year, or two, or less, is a huge red flag for employers.

Is there any truth in this belief today?

I say – it depends. 🤷‍♀️

What is the motivation behind changing jobs so frequently?

When someone’s resume shows they changed 4 jobs in the last 3 years, employers will definitely ask why.

Here are the main reasons I hear:

➖ Gaining new skills

➖ Bigger salary

➖ Circumstances out of my control (layoffs, restructuring, illness, inability to get a full-time position, etc.)

The problem arises when a bigger salary becomes the only reason for job hopping – it is so easy to lose a compass and mess up a career path.

Plus, employers will question the loyalty and be reluctant to offer a chance to a candidate like this.

So, when is job hopping a good thing?

🟢 When a person is moving up the career ladder

🟢 When a new role is substantially different from old roles

🟢 When a person learns new skills and gains new experiences

Gen Zers definitely lead this job hopping game, and some of them managed to go from $40K to $115K salary in the last 2-3 years.

But, as we all know – it’s not all about the money. 💸

If you keep jumping from one job to another, keep thinking the next job will be better, only to discover you’re just as unhappy, this is a clear sign that you need to reevaluate your choices and reflect on your career objectively.

Sometimes, the grass only LOOKS greener on the other side.

Read the tips below on how to write your resume if you have had many short positions in your career. 🍀

Follow me on LinkedIn for more job search and career development tips ➡️ Olivera Andjelkovic

P.S. Backed up with 10+ yrs of HR consulting and 5+ years of coaching experience. 🙂



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