Some people will stay in one job for their entire career, whilst others will rarely move jobs, and will stay for significant periods of time. However, this is not the case with everyone. Many people move between jobs regularly, for various reasons, from searching for a job they enjoy, to being forced to keep looking elsewhere due to professional or personal circumstances. Even though it depends on the person, and their skillset, there are several pros and cons to job hopping, a few of which are discussed below:
One potential advantage of regularly moving jobs is that it may help a person move up the salary ladder. This is because a person gains more experience in all the positions they take up, meaning they have more scope to ask for more money when offered their next job. Furthermore, the larger the range of skills a person gains, the more desirable they become to an employer, meaning they are more likely to offer an attractive salary package to attract the candidate to join them.
Another advantage of job hopping is that you gain lots of different experience. Therefore, the amount of knowledge you have on a broad scale can assist you considerably when looking for new opportunities in the future. A person’s expertise also increases and becomes more varied, making a person more attractive ahead of other people going for a job with less experience and variety of knowledge. As a result, moving jobs regularly can result in a person being able to progress further than others in their career.
Finally, moving jobs means that the size of your network increases considerably, meaning it is easier to contact people if you are looking for a new job role. Having a wider network also means that more people know about you, which means a person’s name is more recognisable in a large crowd. Therefore, as long as you make no enemies and always behave professionally, it is possible that you may get recommended for a job position from somebody you have worked with previously.
However, there are also several disadvantages to moving jobs on a regular basis, with one being that you are forced to prove yourself to a business all over again. You may have just about convinced an employer, and colleagues, that you are the real deal, but if you were to then leave, you have to prove yourself yet again. On the other hand, this may also be a positive, as it means a person maintains a high performance level as they are constantly looking to impress a new employer.
Another disadvantage of job hopping is that potential employers will question a person’s staying power when they find out how many jobs they have had in the recent past. This could lead to a person being rejected at the interview stage, with the employer doubting whether they will stay long enough to justify hiring them. Moreover, it may rule a person out straight away when their CV is looked at, with their low job longevity ruling them out of the process before the interview stage is even considered.
Lastly, if a person is always changing jobs, they will never stay in one place long enough to fully understand a business culture. This means that they never be completely aware and comfortable about their work environment and what is expected from them. In addition to this, it is difficult to build sustainable working relationships if you leave before they are developed, whilst you will never be trusted with more responsibility at work if you never stay long enough to be considered for such prestige tasks.