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Is Job Hopping The New Normal?

The psychology behind job-hopping

Why do so many workers move around so often? Below are a few of the most common reasons employees give to explain a history of job hopping, per the Harrison Barnes career blog:

  • They don’t think the culture of the employer fits
  • They’re bored or don’t feel challenged.
  • They aren’t receiving enough feedback from management.
  • They don’t get along with their coworkers.
  • They don’t like their boss.
  • They think they’re underpaid or undervalued.
  • They don’t feel recognized or appreciated by the employer.

Job hopping isn’t always about the employee, however. In fact, job hopping might not actually be the disease it’s made out to be, but instead be a symptom of other factors, such as a declining economy or industry expectations. (The decision to terminate employment might also have been out of the employee’s hands, but that’s a different sort of red flag issue.) It’s really down to recruiters and hiring managers to figure out the true motivations behind a candidate’s history of job hopping.

Hiring a job hopper

As the trend has become more of a norm, employer attitudes toward job hopping have shifted slightly as well, but it’s still a red flag for many according to that 2014 CareerBuilder survey mentioned earlier:

  • 43 percent of employers said they won’t consider a candidate who’s had short tenures with several employers.
  • Of those who had taken a chance on hiring a job hopper, the results have been mixed:
    • 34 percent said the employee left after a short period of time.
    • Only 40 percent of job hoppers hired stayed at least two years, and only 17 percent stayed for at least three years.
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Given that a significant portion of the job market could potentially be described as job hoppers, hiring one is a reality that many employers face, and it’s not all bad news. In fact, a job hopper might actually turn out to be a great hire.

TLNT recently put together a list of reasons job hoppers can be valuable employees:

  • They’re likely to be top performers – after all, employers keep hiring them for a reason.
  • They bring knowledge of your competitors.
  • They’re able to adapt quickly to new environments – all the training they’ve gotten from other employers allows them to step into new roles with less training than other employees.
  • They bring a unique perspective and innovative ideas.

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