Is There Hope for Job Hopping Candidates?

Applicants dread it. Recruiters hate it. The stigmas associated with job hopping are undeniable. If you cannot seem to keep a job, why should a potential employer even consider you?

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In reality, there is HOPE because job hopping is beginning to lose its negative connotations. There are several situations which can actually turn the frequent switching of positions into a positive for your resume or a potential employer. The key is presenting yourself the right way.

For Candidates

Can You Embrace Your Job Hopping?

According to LinkedIn, job hopping decreases with age. However, this process has nearly doubled in the last 20 years as millennials are significantly more likely to switch jobs quickly and frequently than the previous generation.

But here's the thing: that doesn't have to be a negative for your job search. In fact, according to CNBC,

While changing jobs too often can make you look unstable, moving from one company to another can also be a great way to boost your salary, expand your skill set and build your network if you do it smartly.
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Of course, the generational gap still exists. A study by PayScale found that while 41% of baby boomers believe that people should stay in their jobs for at least five years, 52% of millennials found company loyalty to be overrated and only 13% believe in the same five-year time-frame.

In other words, job hopping is normalizing; but how do you make sure your potential employer agrees with that notion? Here are a few tips to convince your recruiter it's actually a good thing:

  • Use your resume to clarify that each move was a step forward in your career.
  • Be prepared to explain in your cover letter or interview what benefits you gained by switching careers.
  • Don't be afraid to leave out short 'gap' jobs that only served to get you to your next career step.
  • Emphasize that you left on good terms and include references connected to previous jobs for evidence.
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The key to success is explaining exactly why you've made your career positions. Climbing the ladder, switching locations, and culture fit are all valid reasons to change jobs if you can succinctly explain them to your recruiter.

For Employers

When Should You Hire a Job Hopper?  

Be Cautious of Applicants with a Track Record of Job Hopping

Switching sides, it can be difficult for recruiters to hire a job hopper outright. They may seem like they're just in it for the money, while inviting concerns about expensive training that won't pay off in the long run.

Of course, that's not nearly always the case. As Business News Daily explains in Why Job Hoppers Make Good Hires, finding individuals who frequently change jobs can be beneficial. These candidates tend to be highly motivated, driven, and tend to advance to leadership positions more quickly and effectively than their counterparts.

The most important part, of course, is to find job hoppers who switch jobs for their career and not those who simply dislike or try to escape every work environment they encounter. Oftentimes, these individuals were “impulsive, lacked persistence and fixated on negative emotions."

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To find the answer, ask exactly why the candidate in question keeps changing jobs. If it's the former, your company can actually gain from it. In fact, people who frequently change their jobs have been found to adjust to new situations more quickly and to have a more diverse set of skills and experiences. 

Make no mistake: job hopping is losing its stigma. For both employees and recruiters, the key is not to avoid the practice altogether, but to find the candidates (and highlight the skills) that make it potentially beneficial.

We can help in that process. To learn more about what it takes to find successful hires who fit your company culture and work environment, contact Susan Brannon Reich with Brannon Professionals at 662-349-9194 today.  

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