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Take the Leap: Job Hopping Loses Its Stigma

Take the Leap: Job Hopping Loses Its Stigma
Jumping from job to job doesn't carry the stigma that it used to. / Credit: Frog image via Shutterstock

Jumping from job to job looks better these days than it used to.

Job hopping — working for various employers for short periods of time — doesn't carry the same negative stigma in today's job market as it previously did, according to a new study from CareerBuilder. Specifically, more than half of employers surveyed in the study said they have hired a "job-hopper," and nearly one-third of all employers said they have come to expect workers to come and go quickly.

While employers may be more accepting of job-hoppers, expectations still tend to vary based on the candidate's age. The research shows that 41 percent of employers said that job hopping becomes less acceptable when a worker reaches their early to mid-30s, while 28 percent believe it's not as acceptable after the age of 40.

The study revealed that while 43 percent of employers won't consider a job candidate who's had short tenures with several employers, others point to advantages in hiring people who have worked for numerous companies. More than half of employers said job-hoppers tend to bring a wide range of expertise, and can adapt quickly.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said more workers pursue opportunities with various companies to expose themselves to a wider range of experiences, build their skill sets, or take a step up the ladder in pay or title.

"While building up a wealth of experience is a good thing, make sure that you're staying with a company long enough to make an impact and provide a return on the investment they've made in you," Haefner said. "Employers may be more understanding of job hopping today, but most employers are still more likely to hire the candidate who has a pattern of longer tenure with organizations."

The study found that some industries are more accepting of job-hoppers than are others. Information technology, an industry with a notable talent shortage and highly competitive recruitment tactics, has the largest percentage of employers who expect workers to job hop. Other industries with high tolerance for job hopping include leisure and hospitality, transportation, retail, and manufacturing.

The study was based on surveys of 2,138 hiring managers and human resources professionals, and 3,022 full-time, private sector workers across industries and company sizes.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.