Job hopping is on the rise – and that’s a good thing

Job hopping is the new normal. New research has shown that older millennials (those born in the early 1980s) have already switched jobs nearly eight (7.8) times, even though they are only in their mid-careers. Statistics also show that the rate at which people are quitting their jobs has increased 25 percent since 2013.

People are on the move.

The research found that 88 percent of professionals believe that frequent job switches have had a positive impact on their careers. Some of these benefits include:

The positives of job-hopping

  • the chance to learn more skills (43%)
  • expanding their professional network (39%)
  • more experience across different industries (38%)
  • and higher salary progression and faster career progression (36%)

What workers want (and why they hop)

Loyal employees and job hoppers alike say that they will stay longer at a company that offers them challenging and rewarding work, good pay and benefits, opportunities for advancement, and competent leadership.

Similarly, both groups will also leave a company if they are bored or not challenged, are not treated well, or if the company is poorly organized or mismanaged. Also, since the 2008 recession, there has been an increased sense that employers don’t care about their employees and, therefore, employees are not loyal to their company.

Which only makes sense. If you think your employer could cut you loose at the drop of a hat to trim their quarterly budget, you’re not going to feel a great deal of loyalty to them either. You’ll constantly have your eye open for your next gig.

Employers are warming up to job hoppers.

In a recent survey of nearly 850 executives and hiring professionals, the majority – 54 percent – agreed that people who have experience across several different areas of expertise are more qualified – especially for leadership positions. However, less than one quarter – only 23 percent – of that same group agreed that working for many different companies actually helps people get hired.

More should reconsider.

Three benefits of hiring job hoppers:

  • As more and more people change jobs increasingly frequently, this pool of talent is becoming too large to disregard – especially in a period of low unemployment such as we are currently seeing.
  • Changing jobs several times gives workers a wider perspective of their industry, as they become familiar with the organizational structure, challenges, and strategies of a variety of companies and competitors.
  • A recently hired job hopper will perpetually be the ‘new person’ on the team, and therefore tend to come in eager to make an impression, work hard, be free from any sense of complacency or entitlement that can come with staying in any one position for a long period of time. This energy can provide an energy boost and fresh perspective to an existing team.

“Our study indicates the reasons people seek new challenges elsewhere are the same reasons companies want them to stay,” said Jean-Marc Laouchez, of the Korn Ferry Institute who conducted the research. “Career Nomads are intellectually curious. They have a tolerance for ambiguity. They are willing to take risks that can help them excel and provide value for their employer.”

See also:

How many jobs can you expect to work over the course of your career?

How to get the career and salary benefits from job-hopping (without the negative reputation)

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