The Ups & Downs Of The Job Hop

Tuesday 12 August, 2014


You know how your grandparents landed a job when they were young, and worked there until retirement? Yeah, well, those days are gone. No longer do we start at the bottom and work our way up through the company. Rather, we hop from job to job, career to career, location to location in search of what we’re looking for. And what are we looking for? Well. We’re not sure. That’s why we hop.


On average, Australians stay in their jobs for just over three years, with Gen Y not staying even this long. Therefore, on average, we will work through seventeen different employers in our work lifetime! Read the article here. reported that:


“Job hopping is now the norm – and while it’s especially so during those years right after college, it’s pretty common in general”.


I believe that Gen Y are seeking more in their job hunt, not just salary but actual satisfaction. They are looking for a deeper meaning for their career, not just a steady job. Plus, loyalty has gone out the window. No wonder job-hopping is becoming more popular, companies don’t reward loyal workers like they used to. Our jobs are all at stake, making us increasingly more selfish.


But what does this mean when potential employers are looking over resumes? Job-hopping makes you look unreliable. Employers don’t want to waste their time and resources on training you up only for you to leave and take your skills with you.


On the other hand, however, the job hop allows you to expand your network, to build on your skill set and have a broader understanding of the workforce and your field. CareerBuilder conducted a survey on hiring managers and HR professionals, discovering that one third of them have come to expect people to job hop. It’s becoming a regular occurrence, and the workforce should be prepared.


So all in all, is it a good or a bad thing? There is no answer to that. Sorry. It’s up to you to assess the situation and how to approach it. 



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