Common Job Hopping Reasons


About a decade ago if a person had shifted jobs more than twice in the last five years, he would be considered an unreliable person. Today, this is just not true. The industrial trends show that people stay in jobs for much shorter times these days than they did back in the last century. So what are the common reasons for job hopping?

Job hopping can improve your prospects

When you move from one company to another there is likely to be a big financial incentive for you. The rise in pay combined with a promotion up the corporate ladder is the most common reason for employees to job hob today. If that is all it takes to retain the employees, why aren’t companies offering this option to their people? The truth of the matter is that it is just easier to get a better sounding job title and more money out of a new company, than it is to convince your own company to give you a raise and a promotion. Sometimes you can earn more money doing the same job as you were in the old company, so it makes sense to switch over. This is why most job hoppers in middle management take the plunge.

Trying out different jobs allows you to find your match

If you are not a trained professional like a doctor or lawyer, it can take a while for you to find out what you enjoy working best at. If you have a dream job, your career path follows it around, but if you don’t have a dream job, you need to find one. The best way to figure out what you are best suited for in a professional sense, is to work in several different positions in different companies. This will mean that you will do some job hopping early on in your career and be able to determine where you take pleasure in working. Once you realize that a certain industry excites you more than others, you will be able to refine your work experience in it. Then you will need to job hop to find the ideal company in that particular industry that you wish to work in.

Loyalty to a company no longer a priority for employees

The average company today is not really interested in the welfare of its employees. They are just looking to make a good annual profit in a highly competitive market. If the bottom line is threatened, they have no problems in letting people go in organized layoffs. This means that the job security factor is pretty low in the corporate world these days and the employee needs to watch his back.  While the employee may work well and respect the boss in his work place, he will keep an eye out for enhancing his career prospects. If job hopping allows him to gain job security in a new company, chances are that he will grab the opportunity.

While job hopping can help you move ahead on your chosen career path, too much of it on your resume can also brand you as an unpredictable and untrustworthy employee. Be careful to avoid these tags as they will make it tougher for you to get your next job.

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