There is no doubt that job hopping is becoming more common. What are the benefits and and what do you need to consider before seeking out that new opportunity?

 

Higher salary

Those who change frequently are statistically paid more than those who stay put. Job switchers have more bargaining power to find a higher paid role that fits their skills well.

Staying in a job longer than about 2 years can often be detrimental to your salary as standard annual pay rises are often less than in the case of a job switch.


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Familiarity with job hunting processes

Unlike someone who has been in a role for 10 years, you will be much more familiar with how everything works and in a better position to navigate that market when the time comes. This can only be an advantage.


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Increased flexibility and adaptability

If you change jobs regularly, you are less phased by change and you will be more resourceful, knowledgeable and curious. These are all treasured traits in the job market.

You will be more familiar with different working cultures, management styles, software systems and ideas. You will be able to put these experiences to good use.


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Timing and balance

However, if you switch too often you risk seeming disloyal and a flight risk. All the time and money spent in the recruitment process could potentially be wasted if employers think you will not stay long. Then the employer will not give you a chance. It is beneficial to consider which opportunities are worth the change, at the right time.

If there is a reason to move that you are confident in being able to explain in a future interview, it is likely the time for that switch.


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There is also a risk of being seen as a jack of all trades without the specific, in depth knowledge that comes from staying in a role. Attitudes like this often depend on industry.