When the recent CareerBuilder survey came out estimating that more than one in five employees are determined to leave their current place of business in the year 2016, I stopped to consider the increasing popularity of job hopping and what this means for hiring managers.
Job hopping is a term used to describe individuals who stay in tenure for no longer than 2 years. As a hiring manager, this is traditionally seen as a red flag. With employees’ attitudes changing about career advancement, the idea of a 20-30 year career with the same company is almost unheard of these days. It’s not uncommon to see a professional change jobs up to six times before they reach the age of 30.
Although job hopping can seem detrimental to one’s professional career, Kurt Rackos, founder and Partner at SkyWater Search Partners, has some positive feedback about job hoppers:
Should you be concerned when hiring a job hopper? It’s important to cover all your bases when you come across someone who appears to have job hopper qualities. Here are six things to consider when identifying a potential job hopper.
The bottom line is, do your research, ask your candidate questions, and go with your instincts on whether you feel they might be the right fit for your position.