Job hoppers often get a bad rap. Most people (and a lot of career experts) believe hopping from job to job looks bad on your resume.
Some experts believe job hopping is detrimental to your career and gives the impression that you’re not a loyal employee. It also makes it look like all you care about is a paycheck.
However, there are tons of benefits to throwing out the old wise tale that job hopping is career suicide. Don’t be afraid to get labeled a job hopper! Here are three great benefits of being a job hopper.
You gain valuable skills
Recruiters are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds. If you have been doing the exact same thing for 10 or 15 years, it gives the impression that you’re not adaptable. However, having a few positions under your belt can generate valuable experience.
Having a diverse background can make you attractive to recruiters or employers. Working for a handful of companies will provide different perspectives on your industry, and ultimately, allow you to do your job better. Going from job to job might just give you the right mix of skills an employer needs!
By working for multiple companies, you’ll have the opportunity to see how other businesses operate. You’ll learn what’s worked for other companies in the past and what has been a failure. This will give you unique insight and help you grow skills that would be impossible to develop by working for just one employer.
Make your wallet happier
If you stick with the same job for a while, you can expect the standard salary increase of three percent annually. However, did you know that the average increase in salary after changing jobs ranges from 10 to 20 percent? That’s a big jump!
Hopping from job to job can often lead to a higher paycheck as most companies are willing to pay more for the right candidate. Instead of waiting around for your current employer to offer you a promotion, you can fast-track your career by switching jobs. A new job can mean a fancier title, higher wages, and better benefits, all of which will make you (and your wallet) much happier.
Find your passion
It can be hard to find a career or a company that you truly love. Job hopping may help you discover your passion! It’s difficult to figure out what your ‘true calling’ is. But jumping from one job to the next can uncover a career path that keeps you excited about going to work every day.
Additionally, it can be difficult to find an organization that is a good culture fit. You may enjoy what you do for a living, but if you are not happy with the organization, it can be difficult to go every day. Jumping around in the job market will help you find a company with goals and a culture that aligns with your own.