Job hopping in our dispensation seems ideal. While applicants are concerned with how that will make them look on their CV, some Hiring Managers are concerned with having resumes which are loaded with several short job stints. This makes applicants look unstable since hiring managers look out for applicants they can have in the long term run. 

Current ideologies about careers have shifted. People no longer think of themselves as ladder climbers investing in one organization for decades and retiring with a healthy pension and years of loyalty. There’s no doubt job hopping comes with some form of benefits following the shift in career ideologies. Just to mention a few,  Building a strong working experience, earning desired salary, building strong networks, helps you to have excitement in what you do.

While I agree that job hopping is good in some instances, I would like to offer an alternative perspective some hiring managers have as an HR manager.

Hiring to me is seen as an investment so when i review a resume or CV which has so many jumps and shifts in job position, itraises a red flag. Why would a company want to invest in an applicant who is probably going to leave after six months?  I have interviewed quite a number of applicants who spoke about their short time span in a company as broadening their career or gaining more experience. Don’t get me wrong, Hiring managers do like candidates with experience but are more interested in applicants who will stick around for long with their experience in the company, someone who will do the hard work, one who will invest deeply in a cause and stick around when the going gets tough.

Also, if an applicant job hops often he or she is seen as one who did not really understand what the company he worked for was about or his job position. Because being able to affect change in an organization takes time, determination and patience and if you have only been there for a few months, it’s likely you were not able to affect any change in the company hence your reason for leaving. The longer you stay at a job the more chance you have at affecting change. Hiring managers are particularly excited to think of things an applicant could do to potentially build their organization so when they read your resume.

Again, job hoppers are viewed by hiring managers as individuals that can’t be trusted. Sticking around in a job position for two years or more in the mind’s eye of the hiring manager is seen as one who’s trust worthy and respectable.  You symbolize investment and commitment. Always have at the back of your mind that loyalty begets loyalty.

I know from experience that working at the same company for long can be difficult. It seems very easy and exciting at the early stages when you are eager to make a difference and can get hard at some point when you don’t have the financial incentives to keep you there.

But that’s exactly the point. When a hiring manager sees longevity on a resume, they know what you have been through and respect you tremendously for your commitment. It takes a particular kind of persistence and dedication to have a successful career. Those are qualities that are hard to find in our world of instant gratification with new job opportunities opening every day.

So before you start thinking about leaving your job for a new one, I would encourage you to make sure you have made the most of your current opportunity. Careers are no longer linear, organization’s do not exist in static bubbles and switching fields entirely is no longer frowned upon. That being said, if you do decide to hang in there, you will find that loyalty has unexpected rewards in the long run at least from an HR manager’s point of view.