Pro’s and Con’s of “Job Hopping”

It has become increasingly common for a recruiter to see a resume and notice that a potential candidate has switched jobs 2 or 3 times in the last 3 years. This does not automatically suggest that there’s something wrong but it does raise small red flags. Although there are some advantages to switching jobs, just keep in mind that there are some strong disadvantages as well. 

PRO'S

Experience: Job hopping lets you experience more cultures and diversify your experience to be more appealing to recruiters and companies.

Opportunity: You have the opportunity to see what you like doing and what is important to you in a company and a position.

Networking: Meeting people of different backgrounds and cultures can help expand your horizons and show how adaptable you can be.

Salary: Usually the biggest reason candidates switch jobs is due to compensation. Often the only way to get significant raises in salary is to go to another company.

CON'S

Loyalty: Companies want to see that candidates have been able to persevere at their roles. And they don’t want to hire people who might leave at the first sign of conflict or when anything slightly better comes along. Job stability shows loyalty and companies want that in candidates.

Damaging Relationships: Leaving a company soon after joining often burns bridges. Depending on the industry you are in, such habits could quickly spread word and result in a bad reputation. Leaving on good terms ensures great references and a solid network to rely on in the future.

Growth: Individual growth is important, and switching jobs often may hinder your ability to become an expert in your field.

There are pros and cons to any situation and job hopping is no different. Just remember to take the time to figure out your next career move and learn how it may impact your future.  

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