Does Job Hopping Look Bad on Your Resume?


Pros and Cons of Job Hopping

It’s common for many young professionals today to have frequent job changes throughout their early career. Whether they’re searching for their dream job or haven’t found the right fit, young professionals are changing jobs faster than ever.

Job hopping happens when a professional enters a new job every two or three years (or less). This is common amongst Gen Y’ers and can happen for a number of reasons. Young professionals feel the need to find new jobs until they find a job that fulfills their career goals. If you’re wanting to quit your current position to enter your third or fourth job, here are some pros and cons to keep in mind:

Pros To Job Hopping:

  • Provides diverse experience. Young professionals who have the opportunity to work at different companies can expand their skills and experience. Different companies have different ways of functioning, leadership styles, and skills to offer their employees. Professionals who have a variety of experience can be more well-rounded employees.
  • Salary increase. This is one of the driving forces behind frequent job changes amongst job seekers. Many people switch jobs because they desire a higher salary or a better position.
  • Learn about different work environments. By having multiple jobs, you can experience different corporate cultures, leadership styles, and how employees are valued. For example, if you transition from a nonprofit organization to a for-profit company, you can learn about the different elements of your profession. This is very helpful for professionals who are looking for their niche.
  • Discover what you want out of a career. Most young job seekers realize they won’t find their dream job following college; therefore, they spend time at multiple jobs to help them decide which career path to take.
  • Illustrates career advancement. If your experience contributes to your career advancement, it can help tell your story through your resume. Job seekers who have changed jobs in order to advance their career can use their resume to show how various positions have helped them achieve their career goals. By doing this, you will be able to illustrate to employers you are prepared for their company and ready to contribute to their company’s success.

Cons To Job Hopping:

  • Shows lack of dedication. Frequent job changes in a resume can be a red flag to employers. Employers look for candidates who possess loyalty and commitment to their company. If it appears your different jobs during
    the last several years are irrelevant to your career advancement, employers may see this as a lack of dedication to your career.
  • Zero career satisfaction. Moving from job to job can take the joy out of a career for people. Constantly quitting jobs and starting over again can cause your career can become exhausting.
  • Shows indecisiveness. If you’re changing jobs every one or two years, this shows employers your lack of commitment to finding your career path. Employers want their candidates to be confident when deciding to build their career with their company.
  • It’s stressful. Switching jobs often can become very stressful for job seekers. It’s easy for job seekers to become discouraged about their career when they are changing jobs and can lead them to giving up on pursuing their dream job.
  • It can cost you a reference. When leaving a job, it’s always important to end the experience on good terms. However, any time you quit a job, you could run the risk of losing a valuable reference. When leaving a job to move onto a new opportunity, try to leave on good terms and keep your boss and coworkers in your network.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge into a new job, make sure you are accepting the new position for the right reasons. Ask yourself, “Is hopping jobs worth the move? Will this help me advance my career?” Remember, this is your career we’re talking about. There are many advantages and drawbacks to switching jobs, however, always be confident in your decision when changing jobs.

Have you had two or more jobs within the last five years? Were you faced with any challenges during the switch?

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at ComeRecommended.


  1. LPSteele says

    I expected a little more from you, Doostang! In this economy, there are plenty of Gen Yers who enter their jobs happy and content, only to find out a few months down the road that their position has been eliminated, and that experience can repeat itself from job to job–especially during the last few years. You also didn’t mention the Yers who, because of their strong and sincere desire to serve the community, accept a position with a non-profit– that helps low income children to read or puts homeless individuals in a warm space, etc.– but can barely pay the rent on the office, never mind pay the salary that they promised the idealistic recent grad. These are very real situations that Yers find themselves in and those of us on the other side reading the resume need to understand the context in which many Yers are conducting their job search. Yers need sites like Doostang and others to provide them with strategies on how to present themselves as potential employees who have contributed to their past work environments no matter how short in may have been. Not every short stint is job-hopping and those of you who have had a few jobs in a short period of time because of circumstances beyond your control,don’t fret–there are people, companies, and industries that “get it”. You just have to find them.

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