Be­ing ex­posed to a larger net­work.

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Says Ju­lia Ng, a pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fied coach from Ex­ec­u­tive Coach In­ter­na­tional: “Gone are the days of loy­alty to one company. Em­ploy­ers must un­der­stand the job­hop­per’s need for new and di­verse ex­pe­ri­ences, and want­ing to work with peo­ple they can learn from. If they stop get­ting this in one place, they’ll sim­ply move on.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ju­lia, th­ese are some rea­sons for job-hop­ping:

A job-hop­per is likely to meet more pro­fes­sion­als from dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries and build re­la­tion­ships with them. This raises his or her own vis­i­bil­ity within th­ese pro­fes­sional cir­cles. Job-hop­ping has its ad­van­tages, but it’s im­por­tant to do it right – you want to be seen as a re­source­ful can­di­date at your next hire, and not some­one who couldn’t make her job work, for what­ever rea­son.

How pos­i­tively a po­ten­tial em­ployer sees job-hop­ping also – Ju­lia Ng, pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fied coach from Ex­ec­u­tive Coach In­ter­na­tional de­pends on the in­dus­try, company, job and role you are in. For in­stance, a fast-grow­ing in­dus­try like tech­nol­ogy would prob­a­bly be more ac­cept­ing of job-hop­pers than most oth­ers. Nev­er­the­less, there are ways to counter the neg­a­tive ef­fects of job-hop­ping and make it look good on your re­sume.

Says Josephine Goh, a ca­reer coach from BYS Con­sult­ing: “If you job-hop a lot, you must have a good rea­son for do­ing so – that is, you changed jobs to move into a bet­ter role or ac­quire more ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You’ll also want to make sure that you are still in your past em­ploy­ers’ good books, be­cause your new or po­ten­tial em­ployer might want to do a ref­er­ence check.”

If you’ve worked some­where for less than six months, for­get about in­clud­ing it in your re­sume (in fact, try not to job-hop un­til you’ve worked at least a year in one company). Em­ploy­ers do want to see some sense of loy­alty and de­pend­abil­ity be­fore they de­cide to invest time and money in you. If you moved lat­er­ally within your company, com­bine your dif­fer­ent jobs un­der the same company in your re­sume.

Some com­pa­nies look at job-hop­pers as peo­ple who are ir­re­spon­si­ble, money-hun­gry, un­able to work with oth­ers, dif­fi­cult to sat­isfy or eas­ily de­terred by hard work, and who don’t have a clear ca­reer plan.

To avoid be­ing seen in this way, re­mem­ber to list all your ac­com­plish­ments in your pre­vi­ous com­pa­nies. Show how you were im­por­tant to a company or how you made a dif­fer­ence to a project, for ex­am­ple, and de­scribe any ma­jor re­sults you achieved. Also list the new skills you gained.

If you can demon­strate all this on your re­sume as well as dur­ing your in­ter­view, a po­ten­tial em­ployer will have no rea­son to be­lieve that you are a flaky or op­por­tunis­tic per­son. You can’t job-hop for­ever, but then again, there are no real rules when it comes to chang­ing jobs. Many job-hop­pers stop look­ing for new op­por­tu­ni­ties when they have achieved their dream po­si­tion or feel that they can­not move on or up any more be­cause of their age and other per­sonal cir­cum­stances. A poor econ­omy may also hin­der job­hop­pers from mov­ing around.

Any job should help you grow as a per­son as well as pro­fes­sion­ally, and give you op­por­tu­ni­ties to chal­lenge your­self and de­velop new skills. If you don’t feel like you’re get­ting this, then it’s fine to look for a bet­ter company or po­si­tion.

But keep in mind that an em­ployer’s per­cep­tion of a job­hop­per in her 20s is very dif­fer­ent from that of one in her 40s. In fact, most em­ploy­ers would ex­pect you to be more or less spe­cialised in your cho­sen field by the age of 35. They do not see the mid- to late 30s as a time to still be build­ing cru­cial pro­fes­sional skills.

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