Top on the list of the things job seekers worry about when applying for jobs is to appear as if you were a “job hopper.” Therefore, they stick it out with jobs they hate for much longer and stay within organizations that sap their enthusiasm for work. Many job seekers worry too much that potential employers may pass them over for other candidates if their resumes have a lot of short-term engagements. However, this is a problematic logic. In fact, many successful people change jobs more often.
Here is a little reality check, and which you can take to the bank; if an employer favors old-fashioned notions of stability based on overly long term tenures, they are unlikely to be the ideal employer to give you the best learning experiences. Therefore, they are also unlikely to be the employer who will spark the flames of your passion and growth ambitions. The best employers value accomplishments as opposed to long tenures and those have nothing to do with time. You might as well have been in an organization for only 12 weeks but helped to set up a project that will have a lasting impact.
Successful people change jobs more often for the following reasons;
When you work for more companies within your business community or industry, your reputation may significantly grow. This also means that you will get to know more people in the industry and also have a high level of confidence. Your experience can be crucial when dealing with new business situations and you can help cut through the challenges in half the time.
2. Losing touch with the outside world
When you are perennially hunched up within the same organization for years, you can easily lose touch with the outside world. You will begin, and may be even be compelled to, focus on the internal issues rather than the wider outside world beyond the organization walls. If you change jobs frequently, you will keep in touch with industry and the world at large.
3. New experiences
It is only when you change jobs that you get to have a steady supply of new experiences, challenges, and mental-muscle-building activities. Unless your organization is growing at exponential rates of say, beyond 30% every year, it becomes harder to encounter new experiences as the years go by.
4. Fear of incompetence
With the same role or job, and depending on the type of work, you will eventually get a nose for it. Remember, we learn the most when we are the most incompetent. A part of our brain slows down and goes to sleep as soon as we get comfortable with a job. Therefore, you can only stay more curious and accumulate more learning if you change jobs more often. This is only possible if you get into new job territories more often.
5. Interviewing skills
When you change jobs more often, you get to be in more interviewing rooms. Therefore, you will get more comfortable and have better performance with each subsequent interview. You won’t grow your negotiation and communication skills by staying put at one job for years.
On the hand, you will also gain crucial evaluation skills and will be able to pick out the bad organizations. You won’t waste your time trying to negotiate your way in when you already know it will be a hostile work environment.
6. A chance to re-establish value
It is only when you change jobs more often that you get to reaffirm your value and put a price on it. This is the only time that you get to set new terms and truly find out your true worth. You may not establish this if you are negotiating for a raise, not to the same degree as you would for a new job.
Are these reasons enough to set you off in search of your next engagement? Share with us in the comments section.