6 Reasons Why Being a Job Hopper Can Be a Good Thing
Job searching is evolving at a much quicker pace in the past few years than it has in the past 50 years. The way we learn about new job opportunities has changed, and recruitment professionals must constantly keep up with current trends so that they can be a competitor in the war on talent.
Job seekers learn about job openings from social media outlets like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Passive job seekers or those who are not actively searching may notice a career opportunity that looks interesting even if the person wasn’t looking for a new job.
Even YouTube plays a role in recruitment today. Job seekers are engaged by video because a video is a tool with imagery, colors, sound, and text that can tell a story about your company and its culture.
Along with the changing economy, easier access to global talent, and the evolving job search techniques, the world is seeing the rise of the “job hopper.” A job hopper is a person who is employed briefly in one position at a time instead of staying employed for a long period of time. A job hopper is a person who switches companies every year or two, of his or her own accord, instead of due to a forced termination or lay off.
Some HR professionals are not fans of candidates with short terms of tenure at companies, but despite some criticism, being a job hopper has benefits and perks.
Job Hopping Allows a Person to Learn More at a Faster Rate
Every company has its own training programs. Imagine that a candidate gets hired and goes to a company and trains with the organization for ten years. During that long tenure the employee will learn only what that company trains. Now, imagine that in the past ten years another candidate was employed at several different companies, all with their own training programs. Every new person and organization has different experiences and, thus, has more to teach. The “job hopper” has now multiplied his or her training and development by 5-7 times more learning!
The Job Hopper Has Something to Compare, Including What Works
Not every organization is the same. No matter the company, there is always room for improvement. When a person works for multiple companies, he or she has a chance to experience the good, the bad, and the ugly. That same person has first-hand knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. It helps this person, as a professional, to develop him or herself as well as to develop his or her leadership skills and gain a wide array of experience.
The Job Hopper Is Brave Because He/She Is Not Stuck in a Comfort Zone
When a person works for a company for a long time, the employee can possibly be set to a certain way of doing things: the same culture, policies, personalities, training, and duties. When a person is agile and can move to different environments, this employee can adapt to a variety of situations and be successful. In a way, a job hopper can be unstoppable. A job hopper can pave his or her way through any situation and be an invaluable asset. That kind of personality is not for everyone and certainly not for the faint of heart. It’s for those who are made of something sturdy, but it is a powerful resource to have.
The Job Hopper Sees the Value in Diversity
There is strength in diversity, and a job hopper knows that. When people who have similar backgrounds and similar experiences work together, there is a risk of “tunnel” vision. They may have only one kind of perspective. A diverse group of people with different backgrounds and experiences is the key component for innovation and growth. Companies expand with diverse and open minds. Job hoppers gain experiences from different companies, so diversity is second-nature.
Job Hoppers Build a Bigger Network
They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. Job searches are tough at any point in a career. Job seekers can send thousands of resumes and fill out hundreds of applications and get nowhere. Referrals carry weight. One of the best methods to leverage during a job search is to have someone from your network “open a door.” Introductions are like “warm lead generation” when submitting a resume can be “cold leads.” People in a network can attest to skills, work ethic, and knowledge. Networks offer recommendations. Job hoppers meet more people and work on more teams, which is an invaluable resource when a job search is underway.
Job hoppers gain new skills and thrive on developing new skills and learning. It’s even better when a job hopper can put his or her new skills to work! Combining years of experience, knowledge, and training from multiple locations and then bringing it all together is exactly why companies should be taking a closer look at job hoppers. These are employees that can hit the ground running because they have done it before, multiple times. For a job hopper, the first 90 days is a breeze and will likely be enjoyed!15