Job-Hopping: Time to Embrace the New Normal

Job HoppingYour resume shows you haven’t stayed at any particular job for very long. Does this say to recruiters “unreliable” and “disloyal”? Or does it say “experienced” and “confident”?

In recent months, this debate has been a hot topic among career experts. With Gen Y firmly entrenched in the workforce, new trends are showing – and this is certainly one of them. Of course there are pro’s and con’s, but regardless of how recruiters looks at the issue… job hopping is becoming the new norm.

Shorter-term is the New Normal

The average time workers stay at a given employer is dropping, quickly. A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that US workers have been with their current employer for 4.6 years on average. The report showed hat workers between ages 20 and 34 have been with their current employers about half what is across-the-board normal: an average of 2.3 years.

With this data, it’s evident that “normal” isn’t so normal anymore, as most recruiters may still believe. There is simply no such thing as a “decade of service”… let alone lifetime employment.

Job-hopping… Good or Bad?

While some hiring managers are certainly quick to disagree, and argue that it burns bridges and makes the next employer hesitant to hire those with a series of short-term gigs on their resume, others are embracing this new trend.  According to a recent Forbes article, Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group and star of MTV’s Hired, said “job hopping is replacing the concept of climbing the corporate ladder.”

Shorter-term jobs are giving employees a chance to gain an entire toolbox of experience and skills they would not necessarily get in just one position. And most certainly, job-hopping allows for an opportunity to expand their network and really find a position and company they want to grow with.

Welcome to the Era of the SuperTemp

A recent survey also showed that by 2020, over 50% of all income-generating work will be in the temp, contract or freelance categories. And we’re already heading that way: The number of temps in the workforce has jumped more than 50% since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2.7 million — the most on government records dating to 1990.

So employers can continue to think of job-hopping as a sign of weakness or disloyalty, or they can think of it in more modern terms: “Of all the candidates we have, this applicant has created an interesting, relevant portfolio of work that will benefit our company.”

The choice is theirs, and yours. Just know that:

  • You and your resume aren’t being judged by anything other how you stack up against your competition
  • During your next interview, you must be prepared to show the positive side of your short-term gigs… and that what you’ve learned at each station will help solve the challenge the employer is facing with this hire

There is a new standard of “job-hopping” – a standard that must be embraced by both recruiters, and job seekers.





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