Why Job Hopping Is Losing Its Negative Stigma (And Why You Should Consider Hiring A Hopper)

Why Job Hopping Is Losing Its Negative Stigma (And Why You Should Consider Hiring A Hopper)

Are you someone who frequently changes companies? Do you make a short term affair of a job or role? In today’s workforce these are typical characteristics of a job hopper.

The stigma associated with not staying in one position, or at one company for very long, is fading. The likelihood of a person working at the same company over a decade or so is not practical anymore.

In today’s employment market, where demand for talent outweighs supply in many industries, managers must work harder than ever not only to recruit and hire talent, but to retain them as well. Skilled workers have plenty of opportunities in this growing economy, and there’s pressure on companies to avoid losing top performers to competitors who offer a more enticing sign-on package.

To help ease this pressure, here are three reasons to consider job hopping candidates.

1. They’re quick to adapt

While working at multiple companies in a short period of time may seem like a red flag, it can also work to an employer’s advantage. A previously nomadic lifestyle can give candidates a wide range of experience, in diverse work environments. This makes it easier for new hires to adapt to their new work environment and better assimilate. A candidate who has little to no experience elsewhere will, most likely, take a bit longer to adjust. More roles, environments and sectors means more experience.


2. They have a large network of contacts

It’s reasonable to believe that job hoppers will have more business contacts than someone who has been with the same company for an extended period of time. Working for multiple companies can help employees build an impressive network of contacts within their industry. This can be advantageous to employers, as it offers them a whole new network of work-related resources.



3. They have a range of skills

Job hoppers are given the opportunity to continually hone their skills. With each new position came new challenges, professional development opportunities and increased skill sets. Not to mention, working at multiple companies means working with a number of professionals, each with their own skills and abilities to learn from. Job hoppers can often make well-rounded employees.

When it comes time to hire, don’t be too quick to judge a candidate based on the number of jobs they’ve had or the length of time they’ve stayed with a company. Instead, aim to find out the reason behind the job hopping and what the candidate has taken from it.



What do you think?

The days of 40 years of service and getting a gold watch are long gone. Job hopping is gaining acceptance. Should job hopping be avoided or embraced? I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the opportunities and challenges job hopping has on your career. Comment your views below and join the conversation.

This article was written by Jelena Milutinovic on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Entrepreneur; The Sydney Morning Herald and WiseStep

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