The term “job hopper” – used to describe those who are unable to commit to a steady job – was once heavily frowned upon.
Job hoppers were seen as unstable and undependable. Loyalty was measured in terms of decades of work, and workers would strive to minimize the number of jobs they took before landing the career-maker.
These days, however, the median per-job tenure for most workers is about 4.6 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are a number of reasons for this, most of them dependent on the individual, but there are also a lot of benefits for job hoppers and their employers.
Here are 5 benefits of job hopping:
When you move on from a job after 4 years or so, it’s likely that you have learned a lot about that job and the company.
You can then take that experience and apply it to a new position. Your new employer will likely benefit from your fresh perspective and nuanced approach to the work.
When you take a new job, you can likely leapfrog your former structure of raises and bonuses by negotiating a new contract and a significant pay raise.
Make sure you have sharpened your skill set, particularly if you are in a high-tech field. Don’t let your learning stagnate wherever you are.
3. Fresh Skill Set
In many jobs, workers fall into routines. They work with the same sorts of products and clients, week in and week out.
For example, if you’re in an IT position, you might write the same sorts of codes or maintain the same types of databases as a matter of routine.
When you move to a new company, you may be called to think in new ways or master a new set of tools. You will be happy for the change.
4. Maximize Potential
When you enter a new workplace, you can explore new parts of your potential.
If you are a creative thinker, you can find a position where your innovative ideas can flourish. If your new environment includes fellow job-hoppers, they may be eager to hear what you have to offer, and then be interested in helping you realize your dream projects.
5. Work-Life Balance
When you hop from one job to the next, you can begin to put together the sorts of benefits you need for your life. Part of this can include work-life balance.
Your old employer might not be able to provide flex-time, for instance, but your new boss may allow distance-working or the ability to accrue vacation time year-over-year. When you take the initiative to change jobs, you can begin to put together the life you want to live.
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