July 28, 2008

Job Hopping: Short Term Benefits, Long Term Consequences

Switching jobs frequently, more commonly known as job hopping has many short term benefits but too many jobs in a short period of time has negative long term consequences.

According to AOL News, a generation ago, the average person changed jobs seven times in their lifetime. Today, it’s more than 10 jobs in at least five different careers. As more and more workers in their 20s and 30s jump from job to job, the practice is becoming more widely accepted. In fact, experts claim that managers now expect people to leave after two or three years, and are delighted if employees stick around longer. So, what are the benefits of job hopping?

First, there’s the potential pay increase. Going to another company is a proven way of getting a higher salary. In fact, a lot of people leave a company to get a raise and a promotion, only to return to the original company for another raise and promotion a few years later. Another job hopping benefit is that new environments teach workers new skills, new ways of doing things, and new ways to increase productivity.

You might want to think about job hopping just yet. Job hopping has long term consequences. Some experts believe that people do not fully learn their jobs and obtain valuable experience until they have worked at least two years in a single position. Others question job seekers commitment and lack of dedication to an organization since the candidates most often reasons for job hopping are increased income and training.

Understand that in the current market, hiring manager's are often from the Boomer Generation, those born between 1946 TO 1964, where workplace dedication and commitment to a company is an important part the job fit for a high potential candidate. I, myself am open to candidates that job hop but to a point. I, myself have left several positions under 2 years and am open to those that have done the same. Three jobs in two years is what I consider to be a job hopper unless a valid reason is provided. However, know that many hiring managers and recruiters don't take the time to ask.

I believe that in the next 5 years, job hopping will become less of a hot button in the marketplace. The number of Americans older than 65 is expected to grow to 40.2 million by 2010 and to 71.5 million by 2030. Boomers, who are often in decision making and manager positions will be retiring. This will create a large need in the marketplace where skills and experience will outweigh company loyalty and dedication. This is also coupled with the fact that those in these new positions of power who will be making these hiring decisions are also those who come from the generation where job hopping is commonplace and more accepted.

And until that day comes, I caution those that decide to make the job leap and the consider the long term career ramifications for a short term monetary gain.

July 26, 2008

B4J Update

Many of you might notice, the lack of posts this month and for that I apologize. Normally, I don't use this blog to post personal information. It was created and will continue to be a source of professional information for those in the job hunt. I will however, give you a small update. In the last few weeks I have been promoted into a new role at my current company and have been dealing with some family health issues while trying to adjust to life being pregnant. Yes, that's right, pregnant. And no worries, these health issues are not my own. I'm 20 weeks along with a due date of Dec. 14.

Thanks for your support!



July 24, 2008

The Hidden Job Market

More food for thought about how important networking is both online and traditional when in the job hunt. And to this I can recently attest. I currently am looking to fill a Human Resource Generalist position. My first move upon learning of the vacancy was to contact my network via phone, email, and posting on social networking sites. The position open went unpublished for a period of several days, during which time candidates were still referred to me from within my network. These candidates had something that others who applied using job boards and other traditional means did not, they had the seal of approval or recommendation of someone I trust within my own professional and personal network.

Google Tricks in Your Job Search

Check out the You Tube video below about a cool Google trick allowing you to search for job openings letting Google do the work for you.

Happy Hunting!

July 9, 2008

Know the Company Culture

Take a look at this short ABC News video on zappos.com. The company culture, which is very extreme makes a statement to their customers and their employees. As you interview with prospective companies, it's important to understand the company culture, its values, how the company treats its employees, and what the company stands for. Take the time, do your research, and ask the right questions when interviewing. More to come on this topic, but in the mean time, see click on the link below.


Ask yourself the following:

  • How would I feel each day working for a company like this?
  • Would I take a lesser salary to work at a place that offered: free food, low cost benefits, flexible work schedules?
  • Would my personality, leadership style, people style, personal and professional goals fit with this type of culture and management team? Why?
  • How would I make an impression in an interview to work for a company like this?
  • What do I not like about this company and why?

These questions are important because they help you determine what you value most. Food for thought. . .

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July 1, 2008

Needle Stack Jobs

I came across a new website that has lots of potential--Needlestackjobs.com

Simply put, flextime is any work arrangement that is NOT Monday through Friday from 8 to 5.

The site offers professionals an opportunity to view jobs that offer flexible and non-traditional work schedules. Candidates can post their resume and search for opportunities. Employers can post jobs, search jobs for a minimal fee and receive a free consultation to find out if any of your company's jobs can offer flextime.

The concept is great and the site itself is just in the early stages. Look for more from NSJ in the future.

Check it out!!!