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Job hopping - advisable or not?
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Chrm Message From: subramani Total Posts: 30 Join Date: 07/06/2008
Rank: Executive Post Date: 03/12/2013 23:53:11 Points: 150 Location: United States

Dear members,

I came across this article on an internet site that talks about job hopping which is gaining prominence these days. The article focuses on job hopping able to reveal to potential employers some perspectives and information about you:-

1. A perception of volatility
No sane employer wants to take on someone who has a history of disloyalty. Don't kid yourself; that is the perception you give off .

2. A perception of incompetence
What else is an employer to think when you have work experience from ten firms? You look bad and you look incompetent. Reality may tell another tale, but the perception is that you are a job slut who did not perform up to snuff with each new company. If your performance was exceptional, why did you leave? Is it the employer or is it you?

3. A perception of impropriety
This is similar to incompetence, but much worse. This is the perception that you are not just a risky hire, but also a dangerous one to the firm. These questions are bound to come into play as you hop around from one job to the next. People talk, especially among competitive firms
within an industry, and if your bridges went down in flames, someone got burnt and may have a personal ax to grind against your career path. So if you do insist on as much experience as you can glean from as many jobs as you can get, try to ease your way out with class. Otherwise, you
may come across as a time bomb about to explode in a company's face.

4. A lack of structure and growth in your life
Unless you fall into the miniscule minority with the mental fortitude to withstand multiple job changes year in and year out, relentless change is going to take a toll on you at some point. It can hit your friendships, personal relationships and your overall sense of wellness.

To me, when you job hop you are not setting down roots to learn any true knowledge and niches in any industry. All you are doing is taking your hard skills and doing the very basics of those. Each industry has its own little nuances that only time will provide the lesson on. Then,
every company you work for in that industry provides additional little tidbits to perform even those basic hard skills more efficiently. But how do you learn that when you are jumping from company to company across industry lines, especially when those industries are not
complimentary to each other?

If you notice, soft skills are not mentioned from me because job hopping all but takes soft skills out of the picture. You do not stick around long enough to hone your customer service skills, to hone your interactive skills with your coworkers, or hone your team building skills. There is no time to build rapport with those you work with. We are not even going to discuss leadership skills. I personally do not think a leader is about job hopping. Just does not fit the
characteristic of one I have ever seen. Improving upon soft skills are those things take time and individual resource investment into building. I personally do not understand how people just job hop except for the money. I guess teckies would use the reason of uncertainty in their jobs
in the IT industry but even that has slowed down since early 2000-2001.

What are your opinions on job hopping?

Chrm Message From: kaushal parikh Total Posts: 31 Join Date: 07/06/2008  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 03/12/2013 23:58:02 Points: 155 Location: United States

I agree that job hopping does not look good on a resume. But, in this economy, people change jobs due to various reasons and it gets only important for such candidates to justify their reasons succinctly to the potential employers about the real purpose for change of jobs - be it change of residence, financial burden, graduated and looking for higher position etc.

It is not with all candidates that the sense of disloyalty and belongingness should be checked.

Lets open up this conversation for the other's to pitch in their thoughts. I am sure that may be come who would have traveled that road....

Chrm Message From: quasar Total Posts: 22 Join Date: 07/06/2008  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 03/12/2013 23:59:54 Points: 110 Location: United States

If business exist for making profits, why should people not look for opportunities where their skills are recognized through financial incentives and their worth??

Chrm Message From: rajeshroy Total Posts: 55 Join Date: 07/06/2008  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 05/12/2013 01:35:25 Points: 275 Location: United States

As a matter of fact, I do not see anything wrong with a person seeking a better job which can give him more experience, job enlargement, job enrichment, better benefits etc.

It all boils down to the fact of doing what is right for a person at a certain point in time.

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