CAREER DEVELOPMENT / SEP. 30, 2014
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How Frequent Job Hopping Negatively Affects Your Career

Sure, I am a big fan of career advancement which at times translates to job hopping. It is good for your professional journey- lands you better jobs with better salaries, builds your success muscles, expands your network and gives you a sense of achievement.

 

The problem arises when you job hop too frequently. Even before you get started on a job responsibility, you are constantly looking for another one. The moment you get the next one, you cannot take a step back and see where it takes you. Instead, you are curious about the next greener pasture and can’t fight back the temptation to job hunt some more. And the cycle continues.

You have no idea what harm you are doing on your professional career if you are this type of a person. Have a look at the top 5 areas of your professional life affected by frequent job hunting;

 

1. Professional Mentality

You may not know this but being around the workplace is a sure way to develop your professional mentality. Workplace relationships have been known to help greatly with professional attitude. Hoping from one job to another involves travelling from one place to another which rips you off the chance to settle down and familiarize yourself with the workplace. Studies have shown that unfamiliarity and anxiety lead to fear of the future which in turn affects the professional ability.

2. Personal Development

It is easier for your boss to trust you with greater responsibilities if you spend more time in the organization. This is true for your colleagues as well. You cannot expect to rise through the ranks after being employed for only one year. The likelihood of promotion for your coworker who has stayed for five years is higher. Personal development comes from taking on new tasks with different challenges and experiences, not job-hopping often.

3. Paycheck

There is a common saying for the workplace that "job-hopping poor half a year, three years of turning poor". Frequent career transitions work against the salary tide. The reason is because, employers prefer to play it safe with new employees-they don’t want to pour money on them yet. They give them probation periods which can take really long and even after these periods, there is no guarantee of a huge pay hike until they are confident of the employees. This takes time. Therefore, you are better off sticking around in your current job, you will be grateful you did.

4. Professional Network

It takes time to find and trust people when you are hoping from familiar to unfamiliar without ceasing. Trust takes time and hard work. You can only build stronger relationships with your contact circles if you spend time with them. Otherwise, you will only have brief and seasonal relationships that are bound to die once you leave.

5. Personal Credibility

Credibility in the workplace involves the workplace itself, your friends and family. You will notice that there is great impact on these three once you become a frequent job hopper. Your friends will find you qualitative; your family may say you are scatterbrained without a good sense of responsibility and this goes on.

What I am trying to say is that as much as changing jobs may be good for your professional life, frequent job hunting will work against it. Therefore if you desire to develop yourself career wise, consider taking more than three years in a job before proceeding to the next.

 

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