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How to job hop effectively

How to job hop effectively

Claire Gray, Finance and Operations Director at Bain and Gray, explains how to justify regularly switching employers.

As more and more employees look out for better work perks or benefits, it’s no wonder that we are now a nation of job hoppers. Millennials are largely behind this upsurge: a recent Gallup report found that those born between 1980 and 1996 move more freely from company to company than any other generation.

The research revealed that 21% of Millennials claimed that they have switched roles within the past year, which is more than three times that of their counterparts. Gallup also discovered that 60% of Millennials are open to a new opportunity and 36% stated that they would be eager to look for a job with a different organisation in the next 12 months.

While this generation seems happy to move around and embark on new careers within different organisations, their images as a ‘job hopper’ can cause concern for some employers. Creating fears, for example, that the potential employee may not be loyal and could lose interest in a role quickly.

At Bain and Gray, we encourage candidates to seek the role that fits their skills and interests best. For those who have had several roles, our advice when looking for a new position are as follows:

Do’s
Leave on great terms
When departing from one company to join a new one, it’s essential not to leave on bad terms. In the future, you may need to lean on your former employer for a reference or even future employment again! Ensure you give the right amount of notice to your line manager and offer up your pearls of wisdom to your replacement in the form of training. It is also wise to say you will be available even after you leave, in case any questions or hiccups arise. This will ensure you enter a new business knowing you have a clean history behind you.

Awkward questions
If an interviewer calls you a ‘job hopper’ and asks why you chose to keep switching, try to focus on the positives. Talk about the fact that you are adaptable, how much experience you have gained from working for lots of different companies and explain that despite being there for a short period of time, you are still as committed and determined as any other seasoned worker.

Highlight your experience
Your past illustrates a rich field of experiences which makes you a competent employee, therefore during an interview ensure you really showcase what you have learnt from each previous role. Similarly, it’s important to stress your skills. Having had the opportunity to work for a few companies will have created a wealth of knowledge of where your strengths lie – use this effectively and to your advantage.

Don’ts
Try to avoid job hopping
Of course, the best form of medicine it to try to avoid job hopping altogether. But as more of us embark on our quest to find the right organisation, some degree of job hopping is inevitable. However, before you decide to throw in the towel at your current place of work and seek new opportunities, try expressing your grievances with your line manager, they may be able to come up with a solution.

Speak badly of your past
When attending a job interview, try not to share negative reasons for leaving your previous job. Negativity and blaming will only raise concerns to the hiring manager you are meeting with. Instead, reveal your motivations for your future career, what drives you to work in different industries or locations and why you want to learn new skills and gain knowledge of new markets.

Follow the money train
Our salary plays a big part in why we may leave an organisation. For example, a change in circumstance such as a house move or new baby can greatly impact our lifestyle and may mean your current salary just doesn’t quite match up. However, it’s worth noting that you shouldn’t mention that you have left your job for more money. Hiring managers are on the lookout for candidates that are driven by their enthusiasm to make a difference in a business, and not those who are just looking for more money.