Is job loyalty something that’s on the way out? And is that necessarily a bad thing? Traditional thinking on so-called ‘job-hoppers’ is a lack of commitment and a tendency to move on when things get difficult or they get bored. And it can often be the case when a hiring manager of this school of thought reads a CV with a tonne of different employers, they disregard the person as a risk.
For some people, the idea of climbing the ‘career ladder’ is far more important than experiencing change and trying something new. If you’re someone who can easily commit to one area of interest for a long period of time and just want to reach the top of one company, the idea of career zig-zagging is an alien concept. But for the other side, 1-2 years is enough time with one company to learn all you can before wanting to try something new or diversify their skill set. If you’re in this group and are worried about the effect this might have on your career, read on, and you might realise career zig-zagging is the best thing for you.
Unless you get a promotion, it can be nigh on impossible to get anything much more than 5-10% in a payrise if you stay at the same company. The reason being that a conflict of interests occurs, where the business you work for wants to keep costs down yet you want to earn more. When on the job market, is really is up to you to determine and then demonstrate what you think you’re worth. If you impress at the interview, more often than not the new business wants to pay the increased salary to get you on board. You have much more leverage when negotiating a new job than when you do your existing job. Job-hopping tends to earn the job-hopper a significant pay increase more often than not.
Although the common understanding of a job-hopper can be negative, moving from business to business will almost definitely give you a diverse range of experiences. You’ll be able to point to having exposure to numerous markets, industries and be able to show that you have a diverse skill set as a result. So in this sense, job-hopping actually turns out to be a pretty attractive thing about someone when it comes to interviews.
Networking is vital in today’s job market. It’s becoming increasingly more popular to find a new job through a contact than it is on a job board. Because of this, job-hopping has the potential to widen your network. Expanding your network to a wider pool of professionals will pay off eventually. Whether it’s finding you another job later down the line, or having a resourceful friend, job-hoppers, as long as they leave on good terms, have this benefit of a large professional network.
Many employers will offer out relocation packages as part of the deal for hiring someone new. If the idea of moving around, seeing new places and traveling gets you excited, maybe job-hopping isn’t so bad after all. With marriage and home ownership for young people at their lowest levels for a long time, there is an opportunity to move around and see new places with fewer things keeping people in one place.
In this day and age where there’s an opportunity to do almost anything you want, being tied down to a job you don’t really care for is a waste of time. In pursuit of the next step on the career ladder, too many people stay in a career they’re not truly passionate for. Whereas those in the job-hopper camp have had the opportunity to shop around, explore different industries and businesses to find what they truly love.
The road to success is rarely a straight line. And with that in mind, why hang around and hope for a promotion when you can do some job-hopping to get a pay rise, experience more and meet new people.