How Do I Justify Job Hopping To Myself?

Dear Jane,

I am one of the few young faces around here, and one of the few who comes to work at 7 a.m. and leaves after 10 p.m. I started out right after college and managed to carve a position for myself, and I’ve worked with two employers in the past three years before landing this job.

My current position is pretty darn good. Sure, there are ups and downs, but overall I love my team and the work I am doing. The perks are pretty good, too. I am looking for at least a 30K increase in 2019 to fulfill some of my personal life goals. Unfortunately, it’s only been a year at my current position and there’s no way I’m getting a salary increment unless I jump ship.

I feel it’s my choice to move as frequently as I want and that the idea of switching jobs every year or two is no longer a career suicide. What do you think? Do employers still view job hopping as a bad thing?

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If you’re happy at your current job and have sufficient career growth, there’s no need to look for a new job. One must work where their loyalty or seniority is most likely to be rewarded. I would advise you to approach your current employer asking for a pay raise. You’ll need to convince your employer that your work adds value to the company. If your HR Rep tells you they cannot provide a pay raise currently, ask what you need to do to make yourself eligible for one. Quitting if you don’t receive a pay raise is, in most cases, unprofessional. In your case, you’re looking for a salary bump to go beyond the horizon rather than squelch your passion. There’s nothing wrong in taking a career advancing opportunity that could also accelerate your financial goals.

Now let’s bust a few myths linked to job hopping.

Millennials receive a lot of flak for chasing money when they job hop. So, let’s look at facts. Shall we?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job hopping was just as much prevalent among the Baby Boomers. Sounds a bit untrue, doesn’t it?

In 2019, job hopping is tied to a diverse experience and a large network. So don’t stop looking until you find the right opportunity that’ll help you fulfil your life goals. And when you find one, don’t leave it for some other crappy job.

8 Responses

  1. CHERYL

    People say job hopping is career suicide. I needed someone to tell me that finding a job that you love is important. Thanks for this post.

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  2. vijay kumar

    Agreed! there’s noting wrong by taking a new opportunity that takes you a step closer to your career goals.

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  3. Jalpa Jhaveri

    This is more popular among millennials. We hear stories from our parents or aunts and uncles about how they spent 20 years in XYZ company. I guess we won’t be hearing any more of those stories.

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  4. Prakrutie

    Yes, One of my relatives spent 30 years working in the same company.

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    • James Smith

      If you have so many different companies in your resume, Won’t recruiters question your credibility ?

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  5. Ratish Acharya

    Can it be because youngsters today tend to get bored really soon?

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  6. Mary Smith

    I guess youngsters today look for a wholesome job experience rather than just job security.

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  7. Mary Smith

    I guess youngsters today look for a wholesome job experience rather than just job security.

    Reply

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