Job-hopping: Which profiles can afford to jump from one job to another

In the ever-changing landscape of the labor market, new terms seek to define new situations. Sometimes these new words are also used to refer to old realities. Especially if they are taken from English. In this way, the new expression seems to refer to something new as well. Between both possibilities is job-hopping. Here you will find everything you need to know about this concept and which are the professions among which this phenomenon is most common.

Job-hopping: new reality or just new expression?

Job-hopping: ¿nueva realidad o solo nueva expresión?

The English expression job-hopping literally means “to jump from work”. It refers to the frequent change of company and employment. In this sense, it indicates a very old reality. The abandonment of a job for another with better conditions.

However, in the new job landscape, these changes have become more common than they were before. In fact, the term refers to the change of occupation at least once a year. And not always motivated by the improvement of working conditions or by the closure of the old company.

According to a study carried out by LinkedIn, the new phenomenon especially affects the so-called millennials. Forbes magazine points out that the new trend also includes later generations. In other words, the new reality affects those people who have not been able to consolidate their work. Those most affected by the instability of the labor market and those with the worst working conditions, according to Gallup.

The pros and cons of this trend

Although job-hopping is described as a trend full of benefits, the truth is that the reality is not so uniform. One of the things that tip the scales one way or the other is motivation. Why do you change jobs so often? It is not the same to do it out of a personal desire for growth and on your own initiative as it is driven by poor working conditions. Both cases are included in the job-hopping and for both there are advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages: It favors the adaptability of the worker, provides more experience, facilitates knowing one’s own strengths and weaknesses, and broadens the network of contacts. In this sense, it contributes to personal development.
Disadvantages: Most recruiters consider this trend as professional suicide that prevents progress in the work career. More experience is not synonymous with better. It is necessary to strengthen it. And that can only be achieved with time. In addition, the constant change from one job to another indicates a very low commitment to the company, an unstable personality, an inability to work as a team and a lack of self-improvement.
The profiles that can afford a frequent job change
Based on the pros and cons we’ve seen, not all professional profiles can afford to jump from job to job at least once a year. Positions related to the technology industry, such as software developers, can benefit from job-hopping. Working in different companies creating new programs under different perspectives and purposes allows you to acquire new knowledge. It also provides insight into recent project and time management strategies. But above all, according to Gallup, technology profiles can afford frequent company changes because their positions are in high demand and supply is still scarce. They can negotiate better working conditions, they risk less unemployment than other professionals and the companies that hire them strive to offer them good conditions.

In general, the rest of the profiles cannot afford to be job-hoppers. They are more vulnerable to the downsides of this trend. And when they are defined like this in some studies, the term hides another reality. That of job change driven by dire working conditions, not on its own initiative.

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