There are many reasons to leave a job: you’re not being challenged; your pay is only slightly more impressive than an iPhone factory worker; or your boss is the devil reincarnated (really, sometimes you swear you can see horns poking out on the top of their head.) Many professionals struggle with the decision to leave or stick it out because they think changing jobs too often looks bad.
But truth be told, there are many benefits to job hopping if you’re strategic. In fact, having a variety of experience is considered to be an asset these days. Let’s debunk some of the myths surrounding the cons of job hopping.
Myth 1. Having too many jobs on your resume looks bad. Believe it or not, it’s actually harder to branch out in your career if you’ve been doing the same exact thing for over 15 years. Recruiters are attracted to candidates that show a wide range of intertwining experience for various companies, especially across industries. A trainer that has worked for both corporate and non-profit companies is more marketable than a trainer that has been with a non-profit company for their entire career. A variety of experience shows that you’re adaptable to new and diverse environments. Also, new job positions show that you have a low learning curve because you’re used to picking up new concepts quickly.
Myth 2. Jumping around shows that you’re not a loyal employee.
Leave your loyalty for your family, friends, and favorite wine. Loyalty does not pay your bills or tell you that you did an awesome job when you’re working late nights saving yet another project without any special accolades. More companies want to hire intrapreneurs as part of their teams. An intrapreneur is a professional that thinks outside the box to provide innovative solutions for company initiatives. When a hiring manager sizes you up for a job, they want to know that you will be able to hit the ground running and immediately add value. Loyal employees follow the rules of the game and do as they’re told. Intrapreneurs are risk-takers that elevate a company. Now which sounds like more of an asset?
Myth 3. You will lose the stability of your current job.
Did someone say stability? Allow me to use my virtual air quotes when repeating this myth. Nowadays there’s no such thing as a “stable” job. In fact, the longer you’ve been with the company the more you risk being a potential target when the time comes for layoffs. You’re either making too much money, in which they can hire someone else for cheaper, or you’re not considered a fresh asset for whatever new direction the company may be taking. The only way to create any type of stability is to be a chameleon and arm yourself with the experience to be a sought after brand.
Myth 4. You risk not being the expert anymore.
Let’s face it, it feels good to know what you’re doing and excel in your field. Starting all over at a new job sucks. We all hate being the new girl or guy. But you get hired for a reason: you rock and you are the perfect person for the job. Once you learn the ropes, you’ll soon be on your way to falling right in line with your new responsibilities and eventually showing your expertise. With a strong personal brand, you can build a foundation and be a leader no matter where you go. Don’t be a big fish in a small pond. Branch out and embrace the process of outgrowing a role and finding a new challenge.
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