Job Hopping : Positive or Negative for your Resume ?


Job hopping is now-a-days a very common and sticking to one job for over 10-15 years is considered "papa's style". When it comes to job hopping different age group people have different views. Here I am trying to sum up some views I have come across while sharing experiences of varied age groups.

Job hopping is now-a-days a very common and sticking to one job for over 10-15 years is considered "papa's style". When it comes to job hopping different age group people have different views. Here I am trying to sum up some views I have come across while sharing experiences of varied age groups.

From the Employer's View :


If you mean several different jobs with different companies it demonstrates a lack of ability to stay with things that are started and this is surely considered negative for your CV. But if you mean being able to handle multiple tasks within one company then this shows ambition and a willingness to learn and it is a sure shot positive impression.

Jumping jobs is also considered a sensible decision for valid reasons such as :
1. Being given same profile irrespective of your updated qualifications.
2. Unfair evaluation / compensation for your job.
3. Depriving of learning activities.
4. for better working environment
5. for convenience in travel / relocation blues

Some youngsters switch jobs only for 1-2 thousands raise, which is surely not a good sign for your future employer, as the amount invested on your training and deelopment by employer is far more than this.

Youngsters view on job hopping :


Yungsters these days consider 5 years as the max life cycle in a firm. Its a fast world for them and they are not ready to wait for 2 years for 2 housand rupees raise. Show them hefty salaries and jazzy work environment and the man is yours for employment. The youth is not interested in the health plans company is having for them at the age of 40 or 50.

For them; rule is simple : "Honey, show me the money!"

Views of Middle-age group on job hoping :


At the age above 35, that extra 2k will mean less than the sense of safety and sense of responsibility. Hopping job for mere bucks feels meaningless to people in this age as either they have reached the senior/middle level management position or they have understood that i cant go any far than this in whatever firm. For average talented person in 35-40 age group, safety of job is more important as by now he is ready to do the repeated task without getting bored. More over he knows that, if he had to get a better job, he needs to be better qualified to race with the young blood.

For the flaming talented people the managerial position and decision taking and responsibility is more luring than a pay hike. Of course, if the hike is good then its a thinking call.

Job hopping advantages:


1. Job satisfaction. If you're not content with your role, that frustration will not only impact your success and productivity but your overall quality of life. I don't think anyone can argue against wanting a meaningful role.

2. Rising more quickly. For those adept at spin, it's not difficult to explain away your job-hopping tendencies in an interview by insisting that you're in demand and are often poached.

3. Professional growth. If you see those around you with stagnating careers and worry about your professional growth, jump ship. But before you go, here is a bit of advice: build your network.

Job hopping dis-advantages:


1. Loss of Gratuity/PF and such other benefits : If you want to jump jobs in less span of time, be ready to face the loss of provident fund, gratuity, realibility bonus, etc.

2. Loss of trust. If you hopp jobs too early, you may not be considered reliable by your future employee. Generally, employees with such poor track record are not assigned key roles in the company.

3. Safety of employment. Remember if you can drop the company any time, so can do the company. Be mentally prepared for such actions.

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