By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles
Compare to Generation X, the Generation Y or Millenials are apparently job hoppers. In the report of US Bureau of Labor Statistics, they revealed that work force aged 18-26 had an average of 6.3 jobs for women (only 6 for men) in 1998 to 2011. Philippines might have different figures, but there majority of millenials have tendency to jump from one company to another that creates negative impacts. In contrast, there are also valuable reasons behind their job hopping.
Apart from issue of loyalty, job hopping may also bring impressions that a person has no career direction and attitude problems. Thus for applicants’ side, it’s hard to include jobs that only lasted below six months in their resume as they may complicate the hiring process. Given that notion, job hopping is not totally bad as there are individuals who seek professional or career development too. Perhaps, they find new companies that offer higher or different positions that propel their career. Somehow, it’s noticeable on applicants who worked for different companies in the same industry and gradually took higher positions.
Meanwhile, strategies and backups are important to justify job hoppers’ career goals. They should be clear with their visions in life, in good relationship with their former bosses, and up for the challenges. This is also a superb reminder for everyone to resign in proper and professional ways so they can put their former employers or supervisors as their references. Furthermore, it’s not wise to take any jobs for the sake of trying. As much as possible, get the one that gives not only better compensation package, but will proliferate your career profile.
On the other hand, it better to know who you are and what you want in life. It’s going to easy to defend yourself in job interviews if you have exact and relevant aims. On top that, it will stop you to keep on finding new one.