Job hopping has been a part of job market as long as the market itself has existed. However, the perception about a job hopper is subject to change and evolves every few decades. Thinking about the term “job hopping”, results into an image of a person who keeps switching or rather hopping from one job to another. The term can easily paint a picture of someone who’s insincere about his/her job, does not bother to stay with one company and basically is an unstable individual. These negative connotations have done rounds for years in the eyes of recruiters and they have been rejecting candidates who hop jobs every once in a while. This would be considered as a big redflag, as a company would never take a chance to hire someone for short term and land in the muddy waters of uncertainty about a role.
Why job hopping has become a commonplace activity amongst millennials?
Millennials are considered to be a job hopping generation, and such an activity in the marketplace has disrupted the way job hopping was viewed some years ago. The reasons for this generation being hopper vary as per social, behavioral and economical conditions. Millennials were brought up in an era when value of individuality increased manifold and the belief to choose for oneself became strong. As a result, it is quite understandable that millennials remain unattached to the organizations they work for and constantly seek betterment in terms of career as well as knowledge. The social atmosphere integrated with the current economic scenario also enable the millenials to be able to do so.
A report by Gallup shows that there are more millennials hopping job than non-millennials. A fact that the survey highlights is that, 21% of millennials have changed jobs in the past year which stands in heavy contrast with the picture that 1/3rd of non-millennials have done the same. Millennials have also shown no willingness to stay in their present job for a long time. A sharp number, 60% of millennials are not satisfied with their job and would hop in future.
How has perception about job hopping changed?
David Parnell, a legal consultant, exclaimed in Forbes, that it was once a norm to stay with an employer for 30 years, get your pension and ride off quietly into sunset. Although, now, with the proliferation of startups and a fast paced work environment, millennials don’t hesitate to move jobs.
Ryan Khan, a career coach and founder of The Hired Group shows agreeability to the fact that job hopping has become a norm and has replaced the concept of climbing the corporate ladder. With such a transformation, the perception of job hopping, hence, has changed from what it was 20 years ago to what it is now.
How has Job Hopping become a selling point?
Millennials are involved in job hopping more than ever because job satisfaction and fulfillment means a great deal to this generation. If millennial workers are not satisfied with their job they don’t shy away from looking for another job. This has also become a high selling point to employers, as they know that a person who’s not settling for less won’t compromise with the quality of work done in a job. They either enjoy their jobs, give their best and remain happy or they leave. This saves company from long term costs of average quality work done by someone who’s doing a job for the sake of job and not for their own fulfillment. Employers these days realize this aspect and are happy to onboard someone who is willing to give their 100% and gain satisfaction out of their work. Job hopping also brings on various resources and diverse learning on the table. When a person has worked on different jobs, they have learned various trade secrets, have gathered various resources and have surely experienced different kinds of challenges in different settings.
Millennials who have done various jobs at different companies are also more likely to have a large, resourceful network of professionals and these relations might prove very beneficial to the company. Apart from this, a quick learning attribute of a person also comes to fore. A person switching jobs must have learned a great deal in the short span that they have spent in different companies
Why job hopping still give jitters to recruiters?
No matter the pros, job hopping also comes up with various cons for the job market and these are the consequences that recruiters pay attention to, as well. There is always a conflict when it comes to salary and negotiations, as an employer would want more work done in less pay whereas an employee wants better payout for the work done. This conflict is the main dynamic of work culture. In such a scenario, job hopping results into millennials getting a better position and a good pay raise. All in all, when a significant amount of workforce does the same, this results into a loss of employers’ interest and disrupts the dynamic in place.
Also, employers, feel that a person may leave the job quickly after facing any challenges, and problems in the first place. This apprehension makes employers very cautious of hiring someone who has been hopping jobs.
Though no matter the cons, in today’s dynamic workforce and job market, pros of hopping a job outweigh the cons of doing the same. Due to this reason, more and more employers are now open to employ anyone being a job hopper but having significant talent and skills. Think you can benefit from changing jobs too? Give it a try and don’t be fearful of change!