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The Good & The Bad of Job Hopping

Job Hopping, good or bad?

Job hopping is a term we hear and see more and more these days, of course, there is nothing wrong with this we just know that there can be a negative association when employers see a stream of jobs in various other companies on your CV

A job hopper is typically someone who spends a short amount of time (6-12 months) in one position and then moves on to another and spends the same amount of time there too. 

We see this from time to time, a candidate will apply for a job and due to the limited time spent with other companies our client generally does not want to invite them for an interview. 

Why is that?

Well, first we need to understand and inform our clients that the number of job hoppers has risen in the last few years and this can be down to the labour market and its change, the recent financial crisis.
Not forgetting what is known as the ''Flexible labour market'' - where employers offer a flex contract which is work offered for a limited time (generally 1 year).

As a result, employers limit labour costs and risks. If the economy is not doing well then employers are not tied to these employees.
Flex workers are also usually cheaper than permanent contracts. Flex workers are usually young people who do not have much experience. As a result, the number of job hoppers has risen. It can be a vicious cycle but this is why is it crucial to have something like this on your CV should it be true. 

We dove a little deeper as a team to understand both sides of the coin, this helps us guide our international candidates and advice our global clients when it comes to recruitment. Here is what we found. 

Job Hopping - The Good 

  • Experience

Through job hopping you are exposing yourself to a various amount of different environments, working situations and sectors that can help you dive straight in to learn and gain experience and skills.
t is because of this that you feel at home with all industries and this could certainly be advantageous when searching for a more permanent job.

  • Suitability 

Job hopping gives you a unique opportunity to discover which job suits you best. This is why those who have recently graduated are known more to job hop. This way you get get a good idea of what suits you and your skills best, helping you understand where it is you want to work on a more permanent basis.

  • Network Expansion 

With job hopping, you are given the chance to meet and work with a number of different people. Each new job you get expands your network which fuels the chances for possible opportunities in the future. 

Job Hopping - The Bad 

  • High Risk 

Imagine this -  a CV pops up on your desk and you see the person has a new job ever 6-12 months. Why should you hire this person and invest time, training money into someone who could more than likely leave you in a year's time? Interviewing and the entire onboarding process can take time and money, so why would you want to hire the job hopper if you were going to be in the same position in a years time.

  • Reliability 

When you go from job hopping to a permanent position your reliability and judgement may be questioned here. They may even avoid letting you in on long term projects for fear that you won't be around to complete the task.

  • Investment 

Money is a good motivator but the majority of us love a little more. Training and development opportunities can also help motivate usbut what should an employer do if you are known to leave after a year?
You know you won't leave but how can you convince them? It is this uncertainty that means possible any possible investment in you can be stalled until you have proven your dedication. 

How to increase your chances in getting a permanent position as a job hopper

When you want a full time job and your CV has you looking like a job hopper it can be frustrating as many can be often rejected.
Perhaps there was a good reason why you had to change jobs after 6 months, maybe it was an interim job or that the company suddenly had to cut back. 

This kind of situation is not fun for anyone, that is why it is crucial to mention these details on your CV! You do need to remember:

Never to lie on your resume! You might think it is a better idea to omit some short-term jobs on your CV? Remember that recruiters will start asking questions because there are different gaps in your resume. Just be honest and clearly state why you left after a few months.

Stay positive! It may take longer than before you have a new job, but never give up. In particular, emphasize your strengths during a job interview and thereby try to impress the recruiter. 

If you do not know exactly what you want in your career, Careertrotter will gladly help you further. We are happy to give you a few handy application tips . Ready for a new challenge, take a look at our multilingual jobs abroad !