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Why Job Hopping is Bad

It’s the first quarter of the year; I heard this again in the hallway or company cafe: the plans of my fellow colleagues in thinking or planning to resign and look for greener pasture. Since Christmas bonus and the 13th-month pay were given so there’s an expectation that employees are now looking again for another opportunity outside their current employer.

There’s nothing wrong in looking for another opportunity but if you are just 2 years or less in the company maybe you should think twice or more and consider tenuring a little more. In every decision, there will always be pros and cons but in this post let us talk about the consequences assuming that you have weighted already the pros.

  • Questionable experience – Knowledge and experiences are better than payslip. If you look into Jobstreet and other job-listing sites, the majority of the requirements for a good role or your target roles required at least 3 to 5 years work experience. That is because companies want to hire an employee who has a shorter learning curve and recruiters as much as possible want less guesswork and gambling to less experienced applicants.
  • Recruiters will ask your level of optimism – Why not consider opening another door within your company; besides from company politics which you cannot remove, one of the reasons why employees are looking for another opportunity outside is they feel stuck. But maybe it’s because you did not explore other possibilities within your organization or make the most out of your role, as the saying goes:

    The grass is greener when you water it…

     

  • Employers will question your loyalty and reliability – Trim and polish your image as a candidate for your next job. Employers are hesitant to hire employees that have a lower sense of loyalty and lack of commitment. Replacing a new employee will cost them money too.

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  • What is your career goal? This is very important, ask your self before leaving the company. Why should I quit my job? If the answer is because it’s not aligned with your dream job or your carer goal then go ahead and hand over that resignation letter. 41% of employers accept less to applicants whose age is 30 years and up, so while your still young hop to the job that you see a good path towards your career goal and stay and grow right there as much as possible.
  • Your survival rate outside – some of my colleagues will jump out without a new company to land on yet. They have this “bahala na” or come what may principle which is very risky. If you are a breadwinner, resigning without a new company to land on is not a good choice. If you are going to resign make sure you have enough savings to support you and your family while you are still looking for a new job or make sure another company is waiting for you; you don’t want your family to starve and suffer because of your impulsive decisions.

According to HR professionals, the rate of changing job in a year for millennials is 51%; that means millennials tend to experience 2 employers in a year (6months tenure per employer). If the pros are better and weighted more than the cons I mentioned then go ahead and go for that leap. Yes, you own your career but be strategic.

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