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Job-Hopping: Good or Bad?

27th Aug 2016 'Cilla Arnold

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Is job-hopping good or bad?

The days of getting a gold watch at the end of your 50-year term in the same business are over. It’s been said that if you don’t change jobs every three years, you don't develop the skills of getting a job quickly, and in today's ever changing world, getting a job quickly is an important skill to have.

The problem is there is still a perception in some of the older generations that a person's commitment to a company is based on their previous tenure with a company, while this is possibly true, the question rises - what'™s more important to your business, the tenure of employees or the innovation and development of your business to continuously stay at top?. To be creative, innovative and agile, you need different people in your business, from different backgrounds, environments, with different experiences, who dare to share their thoughts and who are not afraid to speak up. They know their value and if the environment they're in does not support new ideas and flexibility in how things are done, they will go to another company where they get this.

Companies who allow for their employees to apply internally for roles in different parts of the business and encourages trying new things, allow for their employees to stay creative and their teams to be creative. This is not always possible though if you're not the Google's of the world. Therefore, professionals moving between companies to gain more skills and stay creative, could be a very good thing for your business.

When reviewing an employees past movements between jobs, make sure to get clear on why they've made those choices. Everyone are different. Have this chat directly with them, as that is the only way you can sense if the person is being authentic or not.

What I'm saying is, as a hiring manager, never say never to a person who you think has been job-hopping, and as an employee, don’t stay in a role or company just to get tenure, go to a role and company where you feel valued and where you can openly share your ideas, create and evolve, and where the business is open to implement those ideas as well.

The worst that can happen when a new idea is implemented and tested is that it doesn't work out and you learn something new!

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy