Friday, 17 December 2010

Considering Job Hopping... Few Tips to Keep in Mind

Job hopping is one of those subjects that is always relevant, with different people holding varying opinions on the issue. For some, holding a job for any less than four years is a sign of a short-time, while others feel that the minimum time you must remain at a job is a year and anything over two years (with no promotion or new skills growth) shows stagnation. 
In general, if you have held at lest three jobs for two years or les on your resume, you may be considered a job-hopper.  However, holding a series of jobs for less than two years each is not necessarily as a bad thing, it can be seen as a sign of an ambitious person who is constantly moving forward. 
However, staying in one position for another should ideally be based on career and personal advancement; otherwise the job-hopping pattern in your career history might reflect negatively.  And although more money and a bigger title usually end up being key factors that influence a job change, it is more important to evaluate whether you are being valued by the company as an employee with integrity, abilities and expertise. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when considering job-hopping:

Establish experience and attainment targets regularly, and look for new opportunities if they aren’t met.

  • Consider alternative opportunities with your current employer.
  • If anew role doesn’t match expectations, change.
  • Look before you leap.  The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
  • Know what you want before you hop and ensure that the move will provide it. 
  • Never burn your bridges.  Maintain cordial relationships with past employers, you never know when you may encounter them again. 


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