Survey Reveals Job Hopping Stigma No Longer Exists

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job-interviewIf you’re concerned about staying at your current employer for at least two years for fear of being perceived as a job hopper, this news may brighten your day.

According to an Accountemps survey, 57 percent of workers between 18 and 34-years-old believe job hopping isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, they believe it can actually help their careers!

Percentages decrease as age increases but are still higher than what we originally anticipated: 38 percent of workers between 35 and 54 mentioned job hopping isn’t bad and 22 percent of the 55+ crowd felt that way, too.

One of the benefits of hopping involves earning more money. As per the survey results, about one-third of respondents revealed that’s certainly their number one advantage. As for another one? Gaining new skills. Other benefits included experiencing a new company/corporate culture, moving up the career ladder faster and looking like a stronger candidate by having multiple employers on a resume.

Now, we’re not saying to jump around every three to six months, we’re just saying to be mindful of your leaps. And don’t try to convince yourself you must stay if you’re in an absolutely toxic environment. The exit door is always an option!

Bill Driscoll, district president at Accountemps explained in the press release:

“Conventional wisdom about the perils of job hopping has begun to shift, but professionals still need to look carefully before they leap. Changing jobs every three to four years is one thing; more frequent moves could indicate the inability to dig into a role and put employers on guard. Professionals considering job moves should evaluate not only salary but also where they will have the greatest opportunity to build skills and advance their careers.”
As for the explanation you need to include during an interview in case you’re questioned about multiple moves, be prepared. You may still be questioned and as Driscoll noted, job hopping may still put employers on edge.
Given the recession though and numerous downsizings, you may be able to construe a cohesive explanation and ultimately convince the employer you intend to stick around in your potential ideal role.