Is job hopping bad for your career?


Moving from one job to the next is no longer seen as unacceptable amid the Great Resignation. Job-hopping is spending less than two years in a job role – people choose to hop from one job to another due to a number of reasons including being dissatisfied with the salary/benefits package, lack of remote work opportunities, not fitting in with the culture of the company or being unhappy in the position for any other reason.


However, while choosing to be a job-hopper has its benefits, there are also drawbacks to be aware of.


Benefits of job-hopping

Increased salary

It is possible that with job-hopping comes an increased salary as you can seek a new position that offers you a higher salary. Depending on the company you are working for, if you choose to stay in the same company for a long period of time, the chances of getting a big increase in salary is very low, especially if there are minimal opportunities for career progression.


Career progression

Job-hopping also allows you the opportunity to take on new challenges and exercise your skills and expertise. You may find a higher-level role that provides you with new responsibilities and opportunities for growth.


Improved work environment

A change in work environment is one of the most popular reasons why people decide to hop from one job to another. It gives them a chance to experience different work environments and company cultures to see which one suits them best.



Drawbacks of job-hopping

Inconsistent experience

If you change roles multiple times in a short period of time, this may be a cause for concern for employers as it does not allow you enough time to exercise your current skills and to advance your expertise. As a result, employers may question whether you have had the opportunity to gain considerable skills in each role before you decided to find a new role.


The stigma

Although views around job-hopping is not shunned as in the past, there are still professionals who view frequent job-hopping as a red flag – it gives them the impression that you are difficult to manage, whether that is true or not.


Stress and uncertainty

Job-hopping may appear to be exciting with lots of opportunities, but it is important to note that it comes with uncertainty which can ultimately cause stress and worry. Job-hopping requires you to make changes in both your professional and personal life including relocating, meeting new people, and adjusting to the company culture. If you job-hop without intention, you may end up in a position that is not right for you.


Choosing to quit your job is an important decision, so it should be considered carefully. When deciding whether to resign, you should consider whether your current skills and interests are being satisfied in your current role, if there are opportunities for career progression, and if you feel your current role is rewarding and fulfilling. If you feel these points are not being met, then it may be more rewarding for you to pursue a new role.


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