7 Consequences of a “Job Hopper”

ImageWe all know that friend or coworker that stays in their current job as long as we do crash dieting! Sure, they’re well rounded in experience, and usually can share some great stories, but here are a few consequences of that short lived glory.

  1. Consideration for quality employment: whether it’s being communicated or not, leaders absolutely do take note of how many positions you have held in the past. Depending on the job and the caliber of leader, if you make it past the initial screening of the resume you should consider yourself lucky. Someone that has multiple jobs in a very short amount of time is on the bottom of the list for consideration, at least they should be.
  2. Future promotions: I won’t say this does, or should plague everyone, but if you are known as someone that stays in a position for a short amount of time your reputation could greatly alter your chances of being promoted, or considered for promotions. Leaders want someone that will stay with the organization and remain passionate over periods of time. Each position higher up the ladder has greater consequences for a company if you decide to leave.
  3. Loss of stability: a great deal of stability in our lives comes from the job that we have, and the finances it acquires. Especially during difficult economic times, performance and tenure are considered when hard decisions such as layoffs must be made. Employees that have not been in their current role, or don’t provide as much experience and knowledge as others will often be the first to go.
  4. Development: too often employees quit when small inconveniences or hurdlers present themselves at the office. Most development happens when we stick through the incredibly difficult times that only experience and time can give us. Every day there is a challenge, some days there are extreme challenges, if looking for another position is always the answer, you are missing out on some great opportunities to learn and grow.
  5. Networking: a job hopper might have hundreds of acquaintances with peers because they have worked with everyone in the area, but networking takes more than a name exchange. Working through difficult times, being a part of committees and company functions allow strong career bonds with others who you work closely with. The majority of my own development comes from being networked to my mentors ranked high in the company.
  6. Value and respect: tenured and passionate associates get a lot of respect from other employees because they are considered reliable and valued. Value is a strong competency for anyone to have, and with it comes leverage, responsibility, and a high degree of respect from others. Being the go-to employee might add a bit on to your plate everyone once in a while, but secretly the extra attention is often loved.
  7. Confidence: always being new to roles puts you in that fun new stage that can be so exciting and confusing at the same time. Although we love to learn and experience new things, the confidence of speaking from an expert point of view is often difficult in many positions. Confidence radiates inspiration and determination onto others and is usually a key to getting attention from upper leadership. Although being new to everything is fun, being confident and challenged to work through additional responsibilities can you get the same result.

If you are considering switching jobs, take a few moments to review the list above, if you know someone that is struggling in their current role, share this with them on your next 1:1. Always consider your options in life, do what is right for you in both the short and long term, and always develop daily.

-Michael dooley



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