Will Job-Hopping Hurt Your Career?

Will Job-Hopping Hurt Your Career?

Hey, what’s up? John Sonmez here from simpleprogrammer.com. We’re going to talk about job hopping today. I just love job hopping. It’s so much fun to hop from job to job. You know, this is funny. I think a lot of people worry about this a
little bit too much because it’s really not that important today. It used to be important like 40 years ago,
but not so much anymore. Let me get into it here. Zack says, “I always dreamed of moving out
the West Coast to pursue a career as a software engineer at a larger well-known technology
company, i.e., Microsoft or Amazon, for example. Will leaving my current job after one year. Hurt my ability to get a good job at a tech
company out on the West Coast in California or Washington?” It sounds like a pioneer going to get on a
wagon trail, the Oregon Trail here. Watch out for dysentery. “I’ve built my development career through
job hopping in roughly one year intervals and have gained much more experience/compensation
than I ever could have gained by staying two plus years.” I wouldn’t worry too much about job hopping
nowadays. Okay. If you have 15 years of experience and it’s
comprised of 15 different companies that you worked at, that’s going to be a problem because
that’s going to stick out like red flag. When someone looks at your resume, they’re
going to be like, “How long are you planning on staying at this company, son?” and they
are, “Is that your wagon out there?” They’re going to not like that because they’re
going to know that you’re going to be there in a year. If you’ve got like a couple jobs or you’re
there for a year and some jobs you’re there for 2 years or 3 years, that’s cool. That’s fine. It’s not going to be a problem. It really is not a big worry. Like I said, 40 years ago, people used to
be a company man and they’d worked for a company for their whole life, and that’s how it was
supposed to be. That’s not the case today. Today, more people job hop to be at a job
for a year or two is not unheard of. I would definitely try to have at least some
longer stints. I would not, like I said, have 15 years of
experience but across 15 jobs. That’s going to hurt. That will honestly hurt you just because someone
is going to draw a conclusion about that. If they see that you’ve been at one place
for a year and you’re at another place for 2 years, they’re not going to care. It’s not going to be a big deal. I mean some companies will care. Some companies will care, but as long as you
explain that away. What you told me makes a lot of sense. You just have to frame things. You got to get good at framing things. You can take it—in media, they call it spinning. I’ll call it framing here because spinning
has a bad connotation. I’m framing spinning as framing. How do you like that? Anyway, what I mean by this is that when you
go to the job interview and they say, “I see you you’re at this job and this one you were
there for one year, and now you want to apply and work at Microsoft.” What you do is you say, “Look. Hey, here’s the thing. I wanted to gain as much experience as possible
early on in my career and to develop my skills as much as possible. I could have stayed at a job sure for 5 years,
but you know what? In going to like these three different companies
and staying for a year here, I learned a ton of stuff, I worked with these different technologies,
I worked with a small company, with a medium company, with a large company.” Frame this all up good and say, “Look, now
I’m ready to commit for a longer term. My dream has always been to work at Microsoft
or whatever it is and I gained all this experience. I increased my compensation. I advanced my career way faster. I got 10 years of experience in 3 years by
doing things this way, and now I’m ready to commit to a big and long term. Now, I have a bigger vision. Now, I want to work on a big project with
a big team and to have something that I can stand and look at 5 years from now and say,
I built that with my team.” That’s how you frame it then it all becomes
a positive instead of a negative, just kind of how you told me here. So that’s what I would recommend. I think that you can’t go wrong doing it that
way and yeah. Don’t worry so much. Don’t fret about it so much. It’s all about framing. Something that could seem really bad, you
can make it really good if you frame it correctly, and it was really good in this case. What you did, I recommend. I think that you’re going to advance your
career a lot faster by early in your career doing a lot of job hopping. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t like
me saying that, but I think that does make a lot of difference because you’re going to
increase your salary much faster and you’re going to gain more experience faster. That’s just how it works. All right, if you like this video, go ahead
and click that Subscribe button if you haven’t already. Don’t hop YouTube channels. Stick to this one. Just click that Subscribe button if you haven’t
already. I’ll talk to you next time. Take care.

13 thoughts to “Will Job-Hopping Hurt Your Career?”

  1. Yup, when you have a valuable skill set, you can be more picky about things like culture and growth opportunity. Personally, I've grown so much by changing companies. Also, it could have taken 30 years to get where I've gotten in salary in 3 years. I think good companies who want the best talent are willing to take people who have worked for many companies for 1-3 years because it could be indicative of ambition and lots of valuable experience and a commitment to growth. It has never even come up as an issue for me. The only thing they ask is why I want to work for them: a new challenge and opportunity to grow!

  2. i just want to click the thumb down button, because you havent one. 😀 but that will break my hearth. Good job 😉

  3. Some small companies just want you to work for them a short time so they can take over the work and fire you, turning you into a job hoppers. This is SO PAINFUL for those 'job hoppers', they are the victims of the process.

    And there are so many heartless managers out there who want to drill into these 'job hopping' problem to victimize these 'job hoppers' ! This is so bad !

  4. Well the problem is, companies expect loyalty from employees that they treat like crap. And then you're onto the next job, not worried about the money, but the treatment from management. And then you can't be honest about your experiences because that also looks bad. Where's the winning? I have always put my best foot forward in the jobs I've had, and always kind and open to criticism but when employers start to undervalue the effort put into the job you start to have wondering eyes. I understand no job is perfect, and sometimes there will be things you don't like, but when it's in every company it gets a little disheartening. They say they don't want to waste money on training job hoppers, but I've had jobs where I've been labeled a job hopper during the interview, and in the first week I was never trained which lead to me leaving. What gives?

  5. 40 years ago there was something we called stability. Now if they hire engineer they never say that it would be eventually… for a project. Then they start reviewing your contract every 6 month pushing you to look for other opportunities! There is very little transparency in a corporate world nova-days so if you don't look after yourself – you will be collecting pink lay-off slips which is MUCH worse than hopping. IMO.

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