You’re Not Fooling the Boss

About one-third of today’s employers expect their workers to job-hop, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. (And here you thought your boss had no idea you were checking the job listings at lunch.)

CareerBuilder said that more than half the employers it surveyed said they had hired a job hopper in the past. Thirty-two percent said that job-hopping has come to be expected in the modern workplace.

So, how long do you need to stay on a job before you’re considered a job-hopper for leaving? Well, around 40% of the employers surveyed said that their job-hoppers had stayed for at least two years, so you can actually get tagged with that label even in jobs where you’ve put in a decent amount of time.

This is an important consideration, since 43% of the employers surveyed said they wouldn’t consider a job candidate who has had short tenures at several employers.

However, CareerBuilder also found that employers have a measure of respect for job-hoppers, with more than half of them saying that job-hoppers tend to have a wide range of expertise, and can adapt quickly to the challenges of a new workplace.

If you’ve been a job-hopper in recent years, consider addressing this at your next job interview. Stress that your range of experience will help you to master your new position. Be sure to add that you’re looking for a more permanent job now, and that your days of job-hopping are therefore over.

What these survey results clearly show is that employers are used to employees leaving, so you should address the issue rather than hoping your prospective employer will overlook your wayward work ways.


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