The pace is what it is all about. The pace of technology, lifestyle, work, everything. We want everything done here and now. Anything that says otherwise is unacceptable and deemed redundant. This sense of speed has led to a term popularly known as ‘Job Hopping’. If you have moved from one company to another within one or two years then you sir are a job hopper.
The pop culture is the opposite of everything our poets have talked about. It is not about John Keats’ ‘A Thing of Beauty’. It’s not about Pablo Neruda’s ‘Keeping Quiet’. If you’re moving, adapting, and continually evolving then you’re winning. The slow and steady does not win the race. They get trampled and are left behind with an average job and an average pay. Which wouldn’t be quite bad if you were a Buddhist with higher intellectual and erudite views. But you’re not. You want money and benefits and you want it now.
Some of the advantages of Job Hopping are:
Heavy on the greens
According to Robert Half’s survey the top reason to change jobs frequently is higher wages. And if you’re job hopping you naturally get more companies on your resume, which means you’ve gained more experience. This becomes your access card to higher compensation.
Greater skills lie in meeting new people, doing new things and constantly learning. By job hopping an employee gains that experience that gives him access to the experiential learning, which in turn proves that they know about the practical implications of whatever they have been taught.
Sometimes companies force your hand to move towards the path of job hopping when there is no other way to move up in the chain except to change the job. Also, impressing managers with your zeal as a candidate is easier than making your way up internally in an organization.
A new forest to hunt in
Staying in the same office, drinking the same coffee, looking at same people. If any of those have been the source of your consternation, job hopping will help you remedy your boredom in no time. It brings with it a vast amount of responsibilities, connections and challenges that will always keep you on your toes.
Now for the fallbacks:
Houston, we have a quitter
Naturally, if there are five companies on your profile in four years, the employer will have to think over the possibility that you’re a quitter. Although you may cite your legitimate reason but so many jobs generally indicate your unwillingness to work which is generally associated with your tendency to quit early.
Losing on vital opportunities
If you’re in a line of business that requires constant skill development, for eg: IT or Finance, then most of the employers usually provide opportunities to develop skills through various programs and certifications. If you are a job hopper you will miss out on such opportunities that help in both short and long run.
We would try to be subtle but there is no nice way to put it. If your logic before leaving your job isn’t economical then you will end up unemployed. What’s worse for a job hopper is that you’ll be on a spree of breaks and unemployment which will only tarnish your resume and degrade your entire image. With every rejection your chances of getting a new job will keep debilitating further.
There are other ways
If you go over the Pros and Cons once again you’ll notice that the prime reason why people leave a job is money and the prime reason they seek a job is money. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to leave your job to get more money. What you need to leave is that chair and that attitude of giving up on your employer. Fire up your laptop and look for certifications and programs that enrich your resume. There are hundreds of certifications that will help you learn what is required, keep you updated and show your employers that you are capable of the running the extra mile.