The Good & The Bad of Job Hopping

Job hopping is a term we hear and see more and more these days, of course, there is nothing wrong with this we just know that there can be a negative association when employers see a stream of jobs in various other companies on your CV.

A job hopper is typically someone who spends a short amount of time (6-12 months) in one position and then moves on to another and spends the same amount of time there too.

We see this from time to time, a candidate will apply for a job and due to the limited time spent with other companies our client generally does not want to invite them for an interview.

Job Hoping – The Good

Experience
Through job hopping you are exposing yourself to a various amount of different environments, working situations and sectors that can help you dive straight in to learn and gain experience and skills.
t is because of this that you feel at home with all industries and this could certainly be advantageous when searching for a more permanent job.

Suitability
Job hopping gives you a unique opportunity to discover which job suits you best. This is why those who have recently graduated are known more to job hop. This way you get get a good idea of what suits you and your skills best, helping you understand where it is you want to work on a more permanent basis.

Network Expansion
With job hopping, you are given the chance to meet and work with a number of different people. Each new job you get expands your network which fuels the chances for possible opportunities in the future.

Job Hoping – The Bad

High Risk
Imagine this – a CV pops up on your desk and you see the person has a new job ever 6-12 months. Why should you hire this person and invest time, training money into someone who could more than likely leave you in a year’s time? Interviewing and the entire onboarding process can take time and money, so why would you want to hire the job hopper if you were going to be in the same position in a years time.

Reliability
When you go from job hopping to a permanent position your reliability and judgement may be questioned here. They may even avoid letting you in on long term projects for fear that you won’t be around to complete the task.

Investment
Money is a good motivator but the majority of us love a little more. Training and development opportunities can also help motivate usbut what should an employer do if you are known to leave after a year?
You know you won’t leave but how can you convince them? It is this uncertainty that means possible any possible investment in you can be stalled until you have proven your dedication.

How to increase your chances in getting a permanent position as a job hopper

When you want a full time job and your CV has you looking like a job hopper it can be frustrating as many can be often rejected.
Perhaps there was a good reason why you had to change jobs after 6 months, maybe it was an interim job or that the company suddenly had to cut back.

This kind of situation is not fun for anyone, that is why it is crucial to mention these details on your CV! You do need to remember:

Never to lie on your resume! You might think it is a better idea to omit some short-term jobs on your CV? Remember that recruiters will start asking questions because there are different gaps in your resume. Just be honest and clearly state why you left after a few months.

Stay positive! It may take longer than before you have a new job, but never give up. In particular, emphasize your strengths during a job interview and thereby try to impress the recruiter.

If you do not know exactly what you want in your career, Careertrotter will gladly help you further. We are happy to give you a few handy application tips . Ready for a new challenge, take a look at our multilingual jobs abroad !

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