Job Hopping: Ambition or Impatience?

Arran Williams, May 27, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘job hopping’?

For many, it will suggest that an individual is unable to stick with one job for a decent amount of time, maybe through impatience or a lack of loyalty. However, for others it is seen as a way of demonstrating ambition and gaining a valuable variety of experience.

Many of these views vary from different generations of workers. For example, baby boomers grew up in an era when it was the norm for workers to stay within companies for a long period of time. However, today it is not unheard of for millennial workers to move from job to job every couple of years or even yearly for that matter.

As with so many things, Job hopping comes with both pros and cons. It’s up to you to weigh them up and decide for yourself.


More Money!
Salary isn’t always the most crucial factor, as happiness within the work place and a healthy work life balance are usually deemed more important.

However according to recent analysis from the Resolution Foundation (RF) think tank, “younger people are earning less than they could be because they don’t move jobs frequently.”

Findings have shown that between 2007 and 2014, people aged 18 to 29 earnt on average 2.7 times more over the period if they switched jobs than if they stayed with the same employer.

So if you are a money driven individual this could be a great decision for you.

In today’s society, networking has become a fundamental part of professional life. With the rise of social media and prolific websites such as LinkedIn, now more than ever is the time to build on your professional network to get ahead in your career.

The contacts that you make from job to job can significantly broaden your professional network. It is important to make sure that you maintain these relationships as they can potentially be career saving in the future.

Find out where you flourishexcite
Working in different places can really help you to find out where your skills lie. All jobs have different cultures and environments which can help to nurture particular skill sets. It might be that you discover new skills that you never knew you had.

It can also show you what you get excited for in a job. Although this trait is mainly seen within millennials, workers of all generations understand the value of being excited about what they do. If you are not excited about what you currently do, then a change of surroundings could reignite your passion.


Damaged Reputation
Job hopping could be a sign of poor decision making. This is an unattractive trait for many employers as you could be seen as a risk to take on.

Everyone makes mistakes now and then, however a consistent line of short periods of employment may suggest a string of bad decisions. Employers want to know that the person they have hired can stand true within their decision making and feel confident that the person they hire are effective within their work capabilities.

Some employers might see you as someone who will be disloyal to their organisation. This can have a backlash on your career development as they might be more hesitant to invest in you. Some companies that offer extra training want to feel comfortable in investing in someone who they can trust to stay, grow and develop with them.

Also remember, leaving a company after a short period of time can be a costly process which can be very off-putting for employers, as naturally they don’t want to be throwing away money!

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If for some unfortunate reason your employer is forced to lay off some employees, you put yourself at a higher risk of being more disposable than your work peers due your reputation of leaving companies in short spaces of time (harsh but true!)

There is no right or wrong answer as to whether or not job hopping is a good or bad thing. A lot of the decisions based on changing jobs frequently comes down your own personal goals. Essentially, it is so important to be happy within your chosen career choice and it could be a case that you haven not quite found what is right for you yet.

If you are looking for a change in career, or are simply starting out on your job search journey, be sure to have a browse of the great vacancies that we have on offer here.