Job-hopping is a Habit You Shouldn't Necessarily Break

Job hopping has been given a bad rap, but it's common and can sometimes help your career.

Job-hopping is now much more common than it was a couple of decades ago, particularly among younger generations. Millennials spend an average of 2.1 years in a role before they choose to move on, and can expect to have anywhere between fifteen and twenty jobs over the course of their career. While some recruiters still frown on it, job-hopping certainly has its advantages.

For starters, it means you have a broader experience of the workplace. You will probably have worked across industries in companies of all different sizes, mastering a wide range of skills and overcoming a variety of challenges. If it's experience recruiters are looking for, then you can really prove your worth with just how diverse your background has been.

As you move from company to company, you meet more people and expand your business network. Job-hoppers tend to have a wider range of connections, and that can come in handy when they're on the lookout for a new opportunity. They can ask a wider network of people about possible upcoming job openings.

One of the main attractions and benefits of job-hopping is the potential to earn more. People rarely move jobs for a lower salary, unless the role really appeals to them for personal reasons. When changing jobs, most people will see a 10-20% hike in salary – that's not to be sniffed at.

Finally, you'll be more passionate about your work. Once the 'honeymoon period' in a job wears off, motivation begins to slide. With a new role and new challenges, it's easy to feel fired up and employers should value that energy and enthusiasm.


Job-hopping is now much more common
You broaden your experience
You expand your network
You could earn a higher salary
You'll be more enthusiastic about work