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Here is why you should switch jobs more frequently

Editorial Team
27/08/2020 9:57 AM

The days of staying with the same
company from graduation to retirement are over. More recently, people are
changing jobs quite regularly. Workers born between 1957 and 1964, for example,
held an average of 11.9 jobs between the ages of 18
to 50
, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Whilst,
younger workers are more eager to switch jobs frequently. When the global
staffing firm Robert Half polled professionals of all ages with college
degrees, they found that 64 percent think that changing roles every few years can be beneficial.

According to more research by the
University of Phoenix on job switching, they found that

The survey also revealed that the
most common reasons for changing jobs include inadequate financial
compensation, exhaustion, lack of upward mobility, and loss of enthusiasm.

The Job-Hopper's Report: Where are all the
job-hoppers going to? looked at job switching trends in America. It found that:

  • The
    job switching rate is highest in the administrative and support services
    and accommodation and food services industries, and lowest in utilities,
    education and health services, and manufacturing.
  • Workers
    usually leave their industries when they switch jobs, but the rate they
    jump to other industries hasn’t changed much in the past decade. 
  • In
    a tight job market, employers increasingly are hiring job seekers who are
    already working, as well as those who lack credentials previously
    demanded, such as a college degree. 
  • Also,
    employers are adjusting recruitment strategies by offering more generous
    pay and benefits.

often to change your job

HR professional, resume writer and career
coach Jessie West stands by the one-year guideline. She proffers that
you should at least commit to one year in your position before looking
elsewhere or pursuing other positions within the company. This is because all
companies operate within a fiscal year and it is almost impossible to learn all
there is to learn about the company in a shorter time frame.  Staying at
your job for just a few months also leads to the assumption that you are not
committed to your professional development and that you have a hard time coping
with new challenges.

Victoria Sawtelle, community
manager at Uptowork, recommends at least two to three
years of experience within a particular field before moving on to something
new. She adds, “Most employers want a few years of experience if you plan to
move up in either position or pay scale.” Employers will be more inclined to
offer you a higher-level position once you’ve established yourself as a
qualified professional in whichever line of work you’ve chosen.

Switching Jobs Often Is A Good Idea

to Liz Ryan, a former Fortune 500 HR Senior Vice President and contributor for
Forbes, the following are all good reasons why you should switch jobs often:

  1. When you stay in the
    same organization, you gradually lose touch with the outside world. Your field
    of vision constricts and you begin to focus on internal priorities (who's up
    and who's down politically your next position, and your current goals) rather
    than focusing on the larger world outside your company's walls. One of the biggest
    dangers of staying a job too long is that you fall behind what is happening in
    your industry and the wide world beyond it.
  2. Unless your company is
    growing very fast -- experiencing thirty percent annual growth or more -- it is
    difficult or impossible to give yourself the new experiences, new challenges,
    and range of muscle-building activities you will naturally encounter by changing
  3. When you change jobs
    often, you never get out of open-and-curious mode. You'll accumulate new
    learning (and just as important, a comfort level with "incompetence")
    much faster by throwing yourself into new-job territory more often.
  4. Every time you change
    jobs, you get to (and have to) re-establish your value. Every time you change
    jobs you get to redefine yourself on your own terms. You can rationalize the
    decision to stay in your previous role any number of ways, but the truth is
    that the only thing you will ever have to sell to an employer or client is your
    expertise, and the only way to grow that is to grab every new learning
    opportunity you see.
  5. The more often you
    change jobs, the more comfortable you will become interviewing and negotiating.
  6. When you change jobs
    more frequently, you'll learn to evaluate employers as much as they evaluate
  7. When you stay put in
    one job for a long time, you can begin to perform your job mechanically. Your
    supply of new ideas will begin to diminish and then die out. You need fresh
    "glasses" to keep a channel open to the collective consciousness or
    wherever your best ideas come from
  8. The more companies you
    work for, the more your reputation in your business community can grow. The
    more companies you work for, the more people you will know. The more companies
    you work for, the more comfortable you will be walking into new business
    situations and figuring out what's important.
  9. The longer you stay in
    one company -- even if you change jobs internally -- the more set and solid
    your box will become. The more often and more fearlessly you step out of your
    comfort zone, the more your comfort zone will expand. If you don't actively
    enlarge your comfort zone all the time, you will become your own worst enemy.
    You will start to believe that you are your job title. You won't see your own
    vast possibilities.

Why Switching Jobs Is A Bad Idea

are 2 sides to every coin and whilst we have looked at the advantages of
frequent job switching, we need to also look at the disadvantages.

1. Your Jobs Are All Over The

You want your work history to paint a clear picture of you as a
professional. Your CV should tell a story, even if it doesn’t show a linear
progression up the corporate ladder. If you’ve spent most of your career
jumping from one unrelated gig to another, that could send up a red flag that
you’re still trying to figure out who you are and what you want professionally.

2. There’s No Clear Forward Movement

Ideally, you should change jobs because you’ve come into a better
opportunity. Perhaps a new job pays more, or it comes with a better title. If
that kind of forward movement isn’t clear on your resume, it could be taken as
a bad sign by hiring managers. The problem occurs when every job change is a
lateral move or step back. Your job history should show advancement within an
organization and/or industry. Otherwise, your job hopping past could work
against you in the future.

3. You Lack Passion For Your Work

Your employment history should show that you’ve been working toward
finding your way. It should indicate that you’re passionate about something, a
cause, an industry, or a type of technology. If your resume makes it seem like
you’ve simply been trying to land as high-paying a job as you can get,
employers might assume that’s your primary focus.

4. You Hold Jobs For Months Not Years

Job hopping is fine if it’s done for the right reasons and in the right
way. But, it’s hard to justify job changes when they are super frequent. It’s one
thing to change jobs every few years to earn more money, learn new skills, or
take on a fresh challenge. A resume that shows job changes every few months
isn’t sending that message. If you tend to stay at jobs for less than a year, a
prospective employer will expect you to do the same with them.

5. You Seem Short-Sighted

You should treat your career more like a marathon than a sprint.
Sometimes, job hoppers aim for short-term gains rather than long-term goals.
But, doing so could damage your career. For example, maybe your resume shows
you’ve worked with a few different failed start-ups. Or, maybe you’ve gotten
involved with organizations that don’t have the best reputations. Companies
don’t like seeing an employment history that demonstrates this type of career
approach. Steadiness and consistent progress are better. It shows an employer
that you know how to work hard on a sustained basis.


The truth is, however, that job-hopping has become
more of a necessity than ever before. More college graduates enter the
workforce each year hoping to land their dream job in the industry they’ve just
spent four years learning about, and it’s not quite as easy as it used to be.

As a result, millennials have to settle for jobs
they believe will get them one step closer to their goals; they accept jobs
outside of their desired field based on availability and financial need. For
these reasons, it’s become less alarming for young professionals to change jobs
more often.

Editorial Team

This article was written by one of the consultants at IPC

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