Traditional wisdom says it’s bad to jump from job to job, and that such behavior suggests you’re flighty, restless, and perhaps even unreliable. But moving around a lot may no longer be the resume destroyer you think. According to a new Career Builder study, 55 percent of companies have hired so-called “job-hoppers,” and 32 percent say they’ve come to expect employees will bounce around.
“More workers are pursuing opportunities with various companies to expose themselves to a wider range of experiences, build their skill sets, or take a step up the ladder in pay or title,” says Career Builder vice president of HR Rosemary Haefner, according to Black Enterprise.
As Black Enterprise reports, job-hopping is particularly common among millennials, and by the age of 35, 25 percent of workers have held five or more jobs. By contrast, only 20 percent of workers over the age of 55 have held 10 or more different positions. These figures are in keeping with employer expectations, as 45 percent of the companies surveyed by Career Builder said they anticipate young hires will only stay with the company for a couple of years. A mere 27 percent of the firms polled said they expect young workers to stick around five years or longer.
This is good news for recent grads, as it theoretically frees them up to try new things and pick up skills while searching for the gig that’s right for them. That said, Haefner cautions against being too cavalier about constant career moves. Companies still tend to favor candidates who’ve shown they can work in one place for a prolonged period of time, and beyond that, it’s bad form to leave a job before you’ve really accomplished anything.
“While building up a wealth of experience is a good thing, make sure that you’re staying with a company long enough to make an impact and provide a return on the investment they’ve made in you,” Haefner says.