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Should You Job Hop?

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It's an age-old question: How do employers view job hoppers? Or, stepping back, how do they even define job hopping? See what hiring manager think about job hopping and learn if workers agree. The information can help you as you look for a new role or prepare to launch a job search.

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Should You Job Hop?

  1. 1. SHOULD YOU JOB HOP? Varying Viewpoints from Managers and Workers
  2. 2. © 2018 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. CFOs were asked, “How likely are you to hire a candidate who has a history of job hopping?”* 2 Likely to hire the candidate 20% Not likely at all to avoid losing them in the future 44% There is no difference if the candidate is the right fit 35% BY COMPANY SIZE: 20-49 employees 50-99 employees 100-249 employees 250-499 employees 500-999 employees 1,000+ employees Likely to hire the candidate 20% 21% 23% 21% 30% 16% Not likely at all to avoid losing them in the future 45% 44% 45% 47% 38% 32% There is no difference if the candidate is the right fit 35% 35% 32% 32% 33% 51% Source: Robert Half surveys of more than 2,200 CFOs in the U.S. Responses do not equal 100% due to rounding.
  3. 3. © 2018 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Number of jobs in a 10-year span to be considered a job hopper: 3 Source: Robert Half surveys of more than 2,200 CFOs in the U.S. and more than 1,000 professionals working in an office in the U.S. According to CFOs: 6 According to workers: 5
  4. 4. © 2018 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Workers were asked, “Do you think job hopping can benefit your career?” 4 BY EDUCATION LEVEL: High school or less College/ associate University or higher Yes 47% 58% 67% No 53% 42% 33% BY AGE: 18-34 35-54 55 and older Yes 75% 59% 51% No 25% 41% 49% TOTAL: Yes 64% No 36% Source: Robert Half survey of more than 1,000 professionals working in an office in the U.S.
  5. 5. © 2018 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Workers were asked, “What is the greatest benefit of job hopping?”* 5 Earning higher compensation 37% Gaining new skills 28% Moving up the career ladder faster 22% Experiencing a new company and workplace culture 9% It looks better on a resume to have multiple employers 3% Source: Robert Half survey of more than 1,000 professionals working in an office in the U.S. Responses do not equal 100% due to rounding.
  6. 6. © 2018 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Workers were asked, “What is the greatest drawback of job hopping?” 6 Being perceived as a flight risk 46% Being perceived as unstable 23% Being perceived as not having viable experience since you haven’t stayed in a job long enough 12% Being perceived as only interested in a higher salary 11% It burns bridges with former employees 5% Being perceived as only interested in a higher title 3% Source: Robert Half survey of more than 1,000 professionals working in an office in the U.S.
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