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When does job hopping get too much?

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Switching jobs may be a common phenomenon in today’s career landscape, but too many career moves may be doing more harm than good for young employees.

Findings from a Robert Half survey revealed switching jobs more than five times in 10 years may be a sign that the employee has low commitment levels.

In response to the question, “Over a 10-year span, how many job changes, in your opinion, would it take for a professional to be viewed as a job hopper?”, the mean response was five years.

Based on interviews with more than 300 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees in the US, the survey indicated the possibility of corporate loyalty as an issue if excessive job hopping was taking place.

“The job market has been unpredictable in recent years, and employers understand job candidates may have had short stints in some positions,” Paul McDonald, Robert Half’s senior executive director, said.

“However, businesses look for people who will be committed to the organisation, can contribute to the company, and help it reach its short and long-term goals. Too much voluntary job hopping can be a red flag.”

In a bid to dissuade frequent and excessive job changes, the report included the following questions for employees to consider when thinking about the possibility of a career shift:

  1. Why do you want a new opportunity? Are you looking for greater challenge or more money? A shorter commute or more flexible hours? A better relationship with your manager? Be sure to keep the job factors that are most important to you at the forefront of your decision and pursue a new opportunity only if it helps address those issues.
  2. Have you looked within? Don’t assume you need to leave your company to find the job you want. There may be other jobs with your current employer that are a better fit.
  3. Where is the greatest long-term potential and stability? Is your best chance to build your skills and advance your career with your existing firm or another one? Which business is on the most solid footing? You don’t want to make a move only to learn your career progression is stalled, or your new company is struggling.


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