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Job-hopping : How It Affects Your Career Success

Job-hopping is a contentious issue for some. Does it affect your career success?

Is job-hopping and career success related to each other? What is the effect of one on the other? How long is too long for staying in a company? I must admit, the resumes that pass by my desk makes me conclude that job-hopping is far too common.

Job hoppers do it for various reasons. More often than not they may not know what they are getting into. Sometimes, it is because they do not know what they want and hence are not ready for the challenges that lay ahead of them. Job-hopping and career success is related to one another.

In my opinion, job-hopping affects career success in a negative manner. Consider this, what signals are you sending to your potential employer if you job-hop too often?

The Two-Year Rule

I have a two-year rule that I tell my staff and potential employees. The two-year rule is this – you must be willing to commit mentally to spend at least two years in the company before you quit. The reason is this; you need to deal with the learning curve. If you job-hop too often, you learn nothing substantial.

For me, it takes you at least a year to know the ins and outs of the company. Then another year before you can eventually be truly productive in adding value to the company. To see the true results of your contribution to the company, for me it takes at least two years. So, if you are prone to job-hopping and career success is on your mind, then it is time to rethink.

Training You

Many well-established companies have training programs. They are willing to invest in fresh graduates and newbies. However, in order for them to make that decision they need to look at past track records. Ask yourself, if you are a manager –who are you more likely to invest training time and money on? Someone who is job-hopper and shows tendency to job-hop or someone who is stable? Companies are more likely to invest in people who are stable. The reason is simple. They are able to contribute back into the company. Everybody wins. If you are constantly job-hopping, you send a signal that you are not ready to commit.

Companies like to invest in people who see their career goals align with their corporate goals. Job-hoppers usually cannot see their career path beyond the next year.

Decreasing the Incidence of Job-Hopping

One of the best ways to quit job-hopping is to truly know what you want. Once you know that, you will have singular focus in the pursuit of your career goals. Of course, it is understandable that as a fresh graduate or newbie at work it is tough to know that. You may be interested in some other industries.

If there are other fields that you are interested in then make a plan to find out about them. Start with the Internet, and then ask friends who may know people in those fields. Speak to them; ask them about the expectations of the company and the role of the position you are interested in.

You may not have all the answers but at least you get some idea. That would decrease the chances of you job-hopping.

Make Learning a Key Objective

If you are new in the work force and have been job-hopping quite a bit, my advice to you is this - truly find out what you want. Once you know that, find a company that is willing to train or how they are willing to commit to their employees’ career in the long term. If they have structured training programs, join them.

Make learning the relevant skills and knowledge in that industry your key objective. The skills and knowledge that you learn will contribute to your career success in the long term. It is something that you can bring with you the rest of your life. Once you see the benefits of committing to a company who is willing to train you for more than two years, hopefully you won’t be job-hopping often anymore.

About The Author: Long Yun Siang or Long, as he is popularly known runs with his wife Dorena as their way of paying it forward. Their website – based on their real life experiences - provides tips, tools and advise for newbies pursuing career success.

Job Hopping -Interesting article by Dr.Gopalakrishnan, Chairman, Tata Sons

Dr. Gopalakrishnan succeeds Mr. Ratan Tata as Chairman of Tata Sons Ltd., the holding company for many of the Tata Bluechips like Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Voltas, etc.,

Possibly he is the first non-Tata person to head the Tata Empire.

The below article is really interesting!

The grass isn't always greener on the other side!!

Move from one job to another, but only for the right reasons. It's yet

another day at office. As I logged on to the marketing and advertising

sites for the latest updates, as usual, I found the headlines

dominated by 'who's moving from one company to another after a

short stint', and I wondered, why are so many people leaving one job

for another?

Is it passé now to work with just one company for a sufficiently long period?

Whenever I ask this question to people who leave a company, the

answers I get are: "Oh, I am getting a 200% hike in salary"; "Well, I

am jumping three levels in my designation" ; "Well, they are going to

send me abroad in six months".

Then, I look around at all the people who are considered successful

today and who have reached the top - be it a media agency, an

advertising agency or a company. I find that most of these people are

the ones who have stuck to the company, ground their heels and worked

their way to the top. And, as I look around for people who changed

their jobs constantly, I find they have stagnated at some level, in


In this absolutely ruthless, dynamic and competitive environment,

there are still no short-cuts to success or to making money. The only

thing that continues to pay, as earlier, is loyalty and hard work.

Yes, it pays!

Sometimes, immediately, sometimes after a lot of time. But, it does pay.

Does this mean that one should stick to an organization and wait for

that golden moment? Of course not. After a long stint, there always

comes a time for moving in most organizations, but it is important to

move for the right reasons, rather than superficial ones, like money,

designation or an overseas trip.

Remember, no company recruits for charity.

More often than not, when you are offered an unseemly hike in salary

or designation that is disproportionate to what that company offers it

current employees, there is always unseen bait attached.

The result? You will, in the long-term, have reached exactly the same

levels or maybe lower levels than what you would have in your current


A lot of people leave an organization because they are "unhappy". What

is this so-called-unhappine ss? I have been working for donkey's years

and there has never been a day when I am not unhappy about something

in my work environment- boss, rude colleague, fussy clients etc.

Unhappiness in a workplace, to a large extent, is transient.

If you look hard enough, there is always something to be unhappy about.

But, more importantly, do I come to work to be "happy" in the truest sense?

If I think hard, the answer is "No". Happiness is something you find

with family, friends, may be a close circle of colleagues who have

become friends.

What you come to work for is to earn, build a reputation, satisfy your

ambitions, be appreciated for your work ethics, face challenges and

get the job done.

So, the next time you are tempted to move, ask yourself why you moving

and what are are you moving into.

Some questions are:

* Am I ready and capable of handling the new responsibility? If yes,

what could be the possible reasons my current company has not offered

me the same responsibility?

* Who are the people who currently handle this responsibility in the

current and new company? Am I as good as the best among them?

* As the new job offer has a different profile, why have I not given

the current company the option to offer me this profile?

* Why is the new company offering me the job? Do they want me for my

skills, or is there an ulterior motive?

An honest answer to these will eventually decide where you go in your

career- to the top of the pile in the long term (at the cost of

short-term blips) or to become another average employee who gets lost

with time in the wilderness?

"DESERVE BEFORE YOU DESIRE" - Dr. Gopalakrishnan, Chairman, TATA Sons

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