Have you had Multiple Jobs in a Short Time Horizon? Here’s How to Address the “Job Hopper” Characterization

Have you had Multiple Jobs in a Short Time Horizon? Here’s How to Address the “Job Hopper” Characterization

In the following article, Lewis Daidone discusses how you can not only overcome the potentially negative perception associated with job hopping, but how you can use it to your advantage.

The past ten years have been tough—a crushing recession, dramatic company downsizings, and job scarcity. As a result, long stretches of unemployment weren’t unusual. However, what about too many jobs? While a person who’s had more than five jobs in the previous decade may seem perfectly capable of finding employment, what does it say about that person’s commitment? Employers have a term for this: “Job Hopper.”

Unfortunately, employers can be a bit skittish about hiring job hoppers. Why should they take a chance on someone who’ll just move on after one or two years? If you’ve had numerous jobs in the past few years, here’s what you can do to make yourself appealing to potential employers.

Emphasize the positive reasons for your moves.

Did you move into a more senior role with expanded responsibilities? Was your current company experiencing financial difficulties, or was there a limited career path? Did you move to a more prestigious firm? These are all very valid reasons for moving on and should not only be stressed in your cover letter but during the interview as well.

Stress your adaptability.

Job hoppers can adapt to different company cultures with relative ease, and they can also learn quickly. You’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge about best practices, new technologies, and the competition. Demonstrate to your prospective employer how you can leverage your diverse skill set – and contacts – to their benefit.

Be honest about what you’re looking for.

If you’ve job-hopped strategically, let your prospective employer know what you had hoped to achieve, and if you succeeded. Many top-performers find that it’s actually easier to move to a different company for more money or better opportunities, than it is to do so within the same organization. If the company offers the kind of opportunities you’re seeking, don’t hesitate to let them know it.

Job hoppers used to get a bad rap, but they can be immensely valuable to companies. You have to have tremendous skill, ambition, and initiative to successfully adapt to different organizations and cultures, and an increasing number of companies are recognizing that fact.

Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and a consultant to tech companies and financial services firms.

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How Not to Quit Your Job: Advice for Leaving Without Burning Bridges

How Not to Quit Your Job: Advice for Leaving Without Burning Bridges

In the following article, Lewis Daidone discusses the professional way to leave your place of employment.

We’ve all had them. Job experiences that were so miserable that the thought of quitting once and for all made us dance with unbridled joy. Even though we might desperately want to blast the song “Take this Job and Shove It” as we leave the building, we should nonetheless control our emotions and exit professionally. Of course, “professionally” means different things to different people, so here is what you definitely shouldn’t do on your last day.

Don’t make a scene.

As satisfying as it might seem to quit a terrible job in a memorable way, it’s never wise to make a spectacle of yourself. For one thing, it’s possible that you could unknowingly violate an HR policy if your antics are extreme, and even if you don’t, your behavior would effectively eliminate any future possibility for references – and you want to avoid that all costs. Frankly, although it may seem temporarily appealing, you never want to be characterized as the bitter person who danced to Kanye West on YouTube.

Don’t tell your coworkers what you really think of them.

If you despise the people you work with, keep it to yourself, and definitely don’t commit your vitriolic feelings to email. You might feel as though you’d rather die than ask them for anything (like a recommendation), but the time may come when one of those people on the receiving end of your venom may be in a position of influence.

Don’t just disappear.

It is not professional and it causes disruption. It may even cause concern for your well-being.

When you quit your job, make sure you follow all the proper protocols: Give two weeks’ notice; write a letter of resignation; and do your best to provide proper training to your replacement. The basic Boy Scout campground rule applies here: “Leave it cleaner than when you found it.”

Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and a consultant to tech companies and financial services firms.