Your family may criticize your decision to change jobs again. They say, “Nobody will hire you if you keep quitting.”
And while there may be some truth there, the job climate is changing. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, more than half of employers have hired a job hopper, and almost one-third expect it. If you do it the right way, changing jobs frequently can be a strength, not a weakness.
Before you start looking for the next gig, you should know companies want their employees to be loyal. Employers have to make the investment of training you worthwhile. Most recruiters look for at least two years in your current position on your resume, because it typically takes that long for you to learn and become competent in your role. If you leave within a year or less, you may not have learned the full skill set of the trade. Recruiters also review the gaps in your employment history, and too long of gaps or too many can be off-putting to employers.
Applicants today are looking to increase their skills and knowledge. If your current position doesn’t offer room for growth, looking for a new opportunity will be very appealing. If you leave your company to seek new challenges keep a good reputation with your team. You may need the reference. Former managers and coworkers are great networking connections. New employers may contact your previous facility to verify skills and dates worked. Keep that relationship friendly.
When you go after your new path, sell yourself during the interview. Past generations have viewed longevity on the job as a strength, and you may encounter that mindset. You need to prove why your history is an asset to a new company. Here are some key points to demonstrate your value during the interview:
- Adaptable – you’ve had to learn how to fit into different teams and cultures.
- Quick learner – you catch on and can perform tasks with little supervision early on.
- Contacts – you have met many people in your career and still have a good rapport with them.
- Networking – you excel at this skill as you have used it to find greater opportunities over the years.
- Top performer – you challenge yourself to work harder each day which earns admiration.
- Knowledge of competitors – you have worked for others in the industry and have inside knowledge of procedures, challenges and strategies they use.
- Diverse background – you’ve gained skills and experience in a short period which makes you an asset.
- Displays talents – you aren’t afraid to show what you know and how you can help improve team performance.
- Transferable skills – you have a diverse skill set which you can apply to any industry.
- More info and resources – your experience with competitors gives you access to resources and knowledge from a unique perspective.
- Competitive – changing jobs allows you to keep competing when you have mastered a position.
- Like to learn – you seek out new skills, techniques and training.
- Build resume – you aren’t just looking for better pay; you are looking for new challenges and skills to improve your resume.
If you have a history of changing occupations regularly, or you are considering a job change, do it for the right reasons. If you are simply looking for better pay, you may end up with a post you hate. If you are bored with your current situation and need motivation, consider these points before putting in your notice:
- Will this help build my resume?
- Does this new opportunity push me to grow and achieve?
- What new skills will I gain?
- How will this improve my experience and knowledge?
- Will this job keep me sharp and competitive in the market?
- Is the culture better? Will I enjoy working with the new team?
- What new challenge does this provide?
Answering these questions will help you determine your motive in leaving your current job. If you are moving on for the right reasons, you will find enriching experiences which make you a better employee. However, if you are only seeking a temporary fix, you will forever be hopping from job to job. Define your goal then make the choices to get there. You are in control of your destiny. You can land the job of your dreams by making smart, strategic moves.