Job hopper's life
Job hopping means frequently switching from one job to another. Generally individuals prefer to change jobs to get quick financial gain or for career development. Many a times company's work culture is also responsible for Job hopping by its employees. Job hopping has its own benefits and drawbacks. Let's understand this with the help of short story.
Mr. X graduated from a well recognized university. As a good brand of the university and personal skills of Mr. X he is successful in getting a job in a good company. The company offered him good salary and position but Mr. X desired of more exposure so he switched his job after a year. In the new company he was easily accepted because of his previous experiences. There Mr. X got the exposure he had dreamt of but he was entrusted with more responsibilities there. As more responsibilities was entrusted on him generally he had to work for longer hours after office hours. He achieved the exposure but his social life got limited. So again after a year Mr. X desired to switch his job. He applied in various organizations and was successful in getting a better job with good timing but the job location was in another town. Mr. X though that moving to another town was not a bad idea as he was getting everything he desired from the job i.e. good salary and exposure with normal work hours. So he accepted the new job and was working by heart there but as the time passed he was feeling home sickness. He started hating his job and desired to switch to any another job in his home town. He applied for various job openings in his home town but this time he wasn't getting a single job. He even started compromising on the salary package offered and work hours but all went in vain as no company desired to offer him a job. At last he settled for a job which doesn't matched his profile and also hampered his growth.
So what does the above story teaches us? The main theme that is evident from the simple reading is that if you frequently switch the jobs, first, second and even for the third time you can secure a job for yourself by hopping but as it exceeds third time in the short interval you will not able to secure a good job the fourth time. To know the reason behind this we need to think from the side of the employer as what's his view regarding this situation.
When you apply for the job after graduation the employer takes into consideration the university from which you got graduated and your personal skills, and academic qualification while deciding your eligibility for the job. As Mr. X got graduated from a recognized university and was having good personnel skills he was easily selected for the job.
When you switch your job for the first time the employer takes into consideration the experience you gained in the previous job, your job profile there and the areas in the organisation you handled. As Mr. X have worked in the previous organisation for about a year he might have gained the necessary experience required for the new job, so here also he is successful in getting the job because of his experience.
When you switch you job for the second time the employer here also takes into consideration your experiences and job profile in the previous organisation but before finalising his decision on your selection he will eagerly demanding to know what made you leave your previous jobs. In this step if the is of the opinion that reasons provided by you for leaving the previous job is genuine he will select you otherwise you will be rejected. Mr. X left the previous job because of longer work hours, as he was selected this time also we may draw up the conclusion that the reasons provided by him during the job interview is well accepted by the employer.
If you keep on changing jobs frequently the employer will think that you are not loyal towards the organisation and will not benefit the organisation in the long run, here your experience gained from your previous employer will not have an impact on the interviewers. An employer wants to deploy that individual in the organisation who will work for the organisation for a long term as there is huge cost incurred in recruiting new employees. The same happened in case of Mr. X, his frequent job changes tagged him as job hopper who is not committed to a single organisation. When Mr. X applied for a new job again the employer after considering his past might have thought that Mr. X will leave this organisation soon and will not benefit the organisation in any way.
Frequent Job hopping will give get you equipped with lots of expertise and exposure but will not be well accepted by your employer as he will be demanding commitment towards his organisation only. If you feel like you have changed jobs too frequently then you must attach yourself to your current job for a while so that when you again apply for a new job you will not be seen as a job hopper. Job hopping increase your salary in that new organisation as a result of experiences and also helps you to built contacts but will not be effective if you cannot secure yourself with a good job. Job hopping is effective only if you have growth opportunities in the new organisation or else you will tend to lose benefits an organisation offers only to those employees who have served the prescribed period in the company.
So if you are changing your job too frequently you must reconsider your decision as it must not be so that in search of growth opportunities your status starts declining. If an organization have an excellent work environment their employees will think twice before changing jobs, also the organisations ability to allow it's employees to access organisational resources remotely and to work from anywhere schemes will reduce job hopping by their employees.