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Job Hopping: Not The Red Flag It Used To Be

By Ignite Career Center


Back when I was a recruiter, I would take note of which candidates had a tendency of job hopping and would mark on their resumes for the hiring manager to notice. I would even write the words “job hopper” on them, so they would know to ask specific questions during the interview. The purpose of the questions would be to gauge the applicant’s loyalty and future career goals with the company.

A job hopper is someone who has a pattern of leaving jobs between the first or second year of employment. There could be numerous reasons why the employee is leaving– maybe it’s career advancement, the need for more money, or maybe they are moving to a different state or staying at home to raise a family.  Whatever the reason, hiring managers and recruiters alike used to think job hopping was career suicide.  According to an article on Forbes.com, company loyalty used to be a highly desired trait, but recent job trends show company loyalty is on the decline.  Baby boomers are retiring from the only employer they ever worked for, and Generation X/Y and Millennials are taking over with several different jobs already under their belt.  Those younger employees are searching for a more instant gratification from their work environment, and for many of them, “job hopping” satisfies that need.

From a recent Muse article some pros and cons of job hopping are:


  • gaining a diverse work experience
  • upgrading your title, additional job responsibility and company rank
  • learning about different environments and work cultures
  • enhancing and building your network
  • increasing salary


  • might send wrong message to potential new employers questioning your loyalty
  • could miss out on current company growth and expansion
  • could jeopardize job security (if you are deemed a job hopper, you might be the first to go if a layoff occurs)
  • might burn bridges with employers
  • could cause potential to damage long term career goals

Before making your next career move, it’s important to weigh your options.  When you are deciding, remember to consider your personal career path and family values.  If you stay true to yourself and what you really want out of life, you will end up on the right path.


Whether you are new to the job market or a seasoned professional, the Ignite Career Center, a program of Jewish Community Services, can help you go further and get there faster.  Our highly experienced Career Coaches provide individuals of all backgrounds and abilities with the customized services and tools they need to stand out from the competition.  For information, call 410-466-9200 or visit ignitecareercenter.com

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