How Frequent Job Changes can Negatively Impact Your Career Growth?
Frequent Job Changes are pretty common among the Job Seekers who have just embarked their journey towards a promising career.
& why not, because no one makes such moves (changing jobs frequently) without a reason. Some people do this for Better Prospect, some for Better Salary or some for a Better Culture.
So the reason may be anything but the main point is until & unless a person gets his/ her best option he/ she doesn’t want to get settled down.
It mainly happens in the initial years of our career. When we constantly strive for more & wanna achieve a better position faster.
But in this relentless pursuit of a better option, we often forget that Switching Jobs too Frequently can be really harmful to our career in the long run.
Because most of the times, Employers see this as a negative trait of the candidate.
You might have done this in absolute necessity but when an Employer will check your resume & will find such hops, he will never show any sympathy to you.
Let’s say you have started your career for just 3 years. & in these 3 years, you have made 6 Job Switches. So it means your average tenure in an organization is approximately for 6 months.
So now tell me, when an unknown Recruiter will scrutinize your resume and see such scenario will he ever show any mercy?
Now the question is why. Why Frequent Job Changes is considered as such a negative trait for a candidate’s profile?
Let me explain to you one by one.
#1. It gives a sense of Insecurity to the Employer
Definitely, when someone is Hiring you in his organization for a specific position, he must have some plan, right?
But if your profile shows that you had never stuck to an organization for more than 6 months then it’s a matter of serious concern.
It clearly gives a signal to the Employer that he will never be able to rely on you regarding whether you will stay in his company for a certain time or not.
You might tell him that you have changed but your resume is telling a different story.
So it will be really tough to convince him.
#2. It may cause serious Financial Losses
Because nothing comes free. Especially hiring a new candidate requires a lot of budgets, in terms of Training, Salary, Infrastructural overheads, etc.
Now after spending heavily on a resource to make him ready, suddenly after 5 months if that resource quit & go somewhere else then who will incur the budget.
Definitely, at that point of time, the entire blame will come on the shoulder of that HR who had recruited without judging the candidate’s motive. Right?
That’s why most of the recruiters nowadays check beforehand your motive, intent & pattern of job hopping.
#3. Companies Future may suffer badly
Let’s say today I have recruited 2 resources for our core developmental needs.
We have already planned, how we will train them in the initial 3 months after that we will keep them 3 months as a trainee then we will deploy them.
Now tell me one thing, do all these things come in free of cost? No na, then?
Now after devoting 6 months on these 2 resources if suddenly they leave, who will suffer? Obviously us or our organization, right?
Because again we have to look for new resources then again we have to invest for another 6 months.
#4. It shows the Attitude of a Quitter
Everybody wants a hustler, not a quitter. Frequent Job Changes give a clear signal to the recruiter that if any tough situation comes you will back off or fly away.
Obviously, you might have quitted your last organizations with some valid reason. But an Employer to whom you are a completely unknown person, he/ she will never try to delve into your situation.
& it’s quite obvious. When a person switches too many jobs in a very short span of time it clearly signifies that he has very short patience to deal with a scenario.
#5. It also depicts your lack of learning
When a Company Hires you based on your past professional experience, they thoroughly check whether you have learned your area of work properly or not.
But if it shows that during that learning phase you had hardly stayed in a single organization for 6 months (at most), It raises a red flag.
Because Learning a craft & becoming a master on that requires a lot of patience. & if someone lacks it, that ultimately affects his knowledge.
So now I hope you are getting my point that why frequent job hopping is not good.
But that doesn’t mean you should get stagnant in a single company for a lifetime even if there is no prospect.
So, plan your career & each move of yours in such a way that it shouldn’t affect the growth.
Co-Founder & Chief Rainmaker of JobsFrontier India’s 1st Digital Marketing Jobs Portal. 10+ years of Experienced Professional in Digital Marketing.