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When I was younger I hung around, trusting these people and waiting for it to work out like this story you tell. Good companies like yours are rare. How do you get two new roles in addition to the five you already had covering for layoffs and get offered a paycut? Promoted to manager and asked to help in new infrastructue and app design, but btw, we are cutting your pay.

Seriously, would you actually stick around if you were treated like this? Not to mention I was a good manager. When I left, so did my people. Ill take your lack of response as a signal that you realize how wrong you are. You sir are very old fashioned, I agree with you on a few points.

But what type of Planet are you living on? The only good reason to hire people that have held the same job or very few jobs for years and years is too have complacent, non-thinking robot sheep that are ignorant enough to stay at the same shitty job wasting their lives away.

You have hit the nail on the head: It saves on re-hiring costs. They rarely have to give them raises. I learned new things every single day I was at this job. No offense, really, but — WOW. You have missed out on some great employees, like myself — who stayed with a company for 13 years and continuously updated his skills.

Which begs the question: Why would someone want to work for someone like you? Some of us job hoppers were just trying to keep a resume active while looking for something permanent after the recession.

Glad to see this is changing. Another reason for job hopping is the lack of loyalty by the employer, who routinely has lay-offs at the slightest hint of a downturn or a cancelled contract.

They think nothing of their involvement in the short term employment environment. Or, they fire employees for the dumbest reason, destroying a career. The employee is left with no other option than to accept short term contracting positions.

The social contract between employer and employee is gone and never to return. Unfortunately, the lay offs of the late seventies and early eighties was the proverbial nail in the coffin in killing off this contract.

I truly believe that employees want to make a difference and bring added value to themselves and the company but I can understand why nobody wants to really commit themselves for the long haul. Generally though, I seemed to be in employment for at least 45 weeks a year so it was only when we relocated to a different area that a permanent position was achieved. Going from job to job every few months shows a great deal of instability and I would NEVER hire someone who moves constantly. It also costs money, time, and resources to train new hires every few months.

When you see for example accountants or financial analysts or middle managers moving from a company, you better keep your head up and watch what is going on. Typical dumb-downed article of a dumb-downed society. Recruiters and hiring managers that hire job hoppers do not see the big picture. Go ahead, call me archaic but the rules of economics and self interest will always prevail.

When I was in a hiring position of workers underneath me, I never gave job hoppers a second look. I would always hire someone who is stable enough and smart enough where I can train them and not have to worry about them jumping ship. The ones that were stable always made up for the lack of experience.

Now I understand there are extenuating circumstances and that recent job change can be unavoidable. I can usually see in this in the resume. But there is an obvious problem when someone has worked at five different places in the past two or three years.

I wish corporate America could go back during an age where things made sense and hiring managers recruited educated and bright folks and train them for a future with the company then to succumb to this fly by night way of doing business. I think you should read the article again as the author backs up his ideas with evidence and some very sound logic. The world is changing and the way we view people who move for a better opportunity needs to be considered.

Note that the author does not say hire every job hopper only the star performers. Judging only by a resume can also not provide an accurate enough picture of the reasons why the person may have jumped. I once interviewed someone who had 4 jobs in 4 years and every move was due to circumstances beyond their control, such as one company relocating, 2 closed and one had a no talking policy — no I am serious — no talking in the office —never explained to her before she joined.

She did her best but one year was more than enough. I take the opposite view. When I come into a big company, I often see these people who have been at the same jobs for 5, 10, 20 years or more.

You sir, are part of the reason people job hop. Just as you mentioned — you ARE stuck in archaic way of thinking. I find it amusing and extremely short sighted that you refuse to even consider there could be value in someone that job hops. The more I push and reward them — the better they do, and the more goals we achieve.

Since health care is a top priority now, being blue collar with skills does give you an advantage, and if you are being treated like crap at your present job find another one. I am 51 yrs. Also these are the same people who are always correct and never make a mistake.

But setting that aside…. The reality is that the business of work is changing—and changing quickly. As the Boomer generation exits the workplace and the Generation X, Y and Zers take positions of more prominence, things will change.

One of my responsibilities has been recruiting STEM students. They are being told in college that they should plan on changing employers every 2 years or so in order to advance their careers, so that is the expectation and plan with which they are entering the workforce. My grandfather only worked for one company his entire life—he started at age 14 and retired there.

Those days are over in the modern economy, particularly when, as the article indicates, the first place employers go to improve the bottom line is to cut payroll costs and thus employees. Today, it's common and even expected that an employee will swap jobs every few years.

If none of your recent jobs has worked out and you've switched employers several times in the past year or two, an employer may be reluctant to hire you. Employers might see job-hopping as irresponsibility or an inability to commit.

If your resume is filled with gaps and frequent job changes use your cover letter to explain your history to your potential new employer. Prepare your resume by only including jobs that are relevant to the position for which you're applying.

This may help reduce the appearance of job hopping. For example, if you're applying for a teaching position at a school, you don't necessarily need to include information about a two-month job you held as a waitress. Explain any gaps created by leaving short-term work off your resume, if necessary.

If the gaps are relatively short, such as a month or two, you may not need to explain them. Many employers will assume that you were unemployed and looking for work at those times. For gaps six months or longer, give a satisfactory explanation in your cover letter.

For example, if you did volunteer work or attended college while you were employed at the short-term job, mention that. Alternatively, give a list of relevant skills that you acquired during that time so the employer knows you've been keeping up with your industry.

Research the company before you write your cover letter. You should not be afraid of telling a potential employee why you left a job. If you were laid off due to a merger or downsizing, be sure to say so during an interview. At LiveCareer, we live and breathe the belief that we can help people transform their work lives, and so do our contributors. Our experts come from a variety of backgrounds but have one thing in common: Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar.

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