Is Job-Hopping A Bad Thing?

Can multiple roles in your career history be a positive? 

For a long time, many of us believed that having multiple jobs in a short amount of time was a deterrent for employers. Occasionally job seekers choose to limit their employment history on their resume and in interviews in fear that it signals a flighty and unfocused individual. However, it has recently been suggested that having multiple jobs is in fact a positive marker, as it allows individuals to have full control of their career and showcases flexibility and willingness to learn. 

Diversity in employment history provides great benefits for candidates. When professional recruitment consultants are seeking ‘all-round’ candidates, that have a variety of skills and the ability to learn and adapt quickly to new environments, varied work history may just work in your favour. Most employers are comfortable with candidates having had multiple previous roles, however, the candidate needs to be prepared to explain the circumstances of the job changes and why it was the right career move at the time. 
 
Today active career management is becoming increasingly popular, with LinkedIn data in August 2014 highlighting that on average, an employee remains with a company for ~4 years. The growing trend amongst millennials, people born between 1980 and 2000, has seen nine out of ten millennials stating they expect to stay in a job for less than three years. (Source: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/job-hopping-generation/).

What are your thoughts on active career management? And how long is it reasonable for an employer to expect a candidate to stay in their role?

About the Author - Shannon
As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney.

Shannon’s success is based on her high ethics, her drive to deliver quality service and her ability to adapt to the ever-changing recruitment industry.