How Job Hopping is impacting your Career Growth

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Posted by Neha on March 1, 2017


Fresh out of your college, a degree in computer science, an enthusiasm to change the (Software)world and ditching all the campus placement of your college you decided to join a Start-up because this is what considered as cool now a days. The first few months of your job are going great with all the Tech-Leads & CTO working along with you on complex programming problems and you thought that you are at the peak of your career even when you haven't completed a single project, one fine day you got a mail from other company in regards of a prospective job opening with a minimal salary hike and just like that you quit your current job and decided to join the so called brigade of job hoppers.

First of all you need to understand what is job hopping and how it is both good and bad for your career.

Job Hopping is switching between one job to another more often and have done it multiple time in comparison to their counterparts. Previously employees used to stay with their current job for a period of no less than 10-15 years and because of the reason that frequently changing jobs will impact their career growth in a long run. Today millennial are changing the stigma of job hopping and are going for one job to another in a time period of 6 Months to 1 Year.

Pros of Job Hopping

  1. Job hoppers are comparatively more adaptable than their counterparts
  2. Social networking skills are more likely to be on higher side.
  3. Employers are willing to pay more if you have right set of skills

Cons of being a Job Hopper

  1. Lack of skills for particular profile and you will be considered as unqualified for the job.
  2. Company will hesitate to offer you career advancement opportunities.
  3. Learning process will not be in proportion to your total experience.
  4. Limited Growth as you are missing on seeing the long-term impact of your work.
  5. Lack of resources that will vouch for your talent in next job offer
  6. Employers will be less interested in your resume due to frequent job changes.
  7. Damaging for Long Term Career.

When you feel like quitting, think why you started it- Anonymous

It is not easy to land a perfect job in one attempt but it is more advisable to plan your job-hopping strategy so that it will not affect adversely on your career choices. To create a strategic job-hopping plan, I would like to recommend that candidates consider four critical tactics and caveats:

  1. Talk to your Management: If you are leaving your current job just because you are not enjoying it or you are getting a salary hike always discuss it with your current employer before making a final decision. I always feel there is nothing in this world that cannot be discussed and resolved.
  2. Think about big picture: - Layout the benefits and growth your current job is offering and new skills & technologies that you will be working on in next 2-3 years.
  3. Industry Norms: - Changing frequent jobs in every industry sector is not acceptable so also try to find out whether it is ok to look out for other options before it is right time.
  4. What are your Career Goals: - Also try to align your current job with your career goals, if your current job is in line with your career advancement than it is not at all advisable to leave.

Plan your strategy and make a move without hurting your career. If you are making right choices and changing your career for learning new skills and even in short duration you can make a mark among your peers and employer, you can easily be an asset for the company. Otherwise reward yourself by staying with your current company and grow with it.

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