Job Hopping Still Hurts Job Seekers

Cover Story by the Employment Times


I've read interesting opinions on how "job hopping" is becoming less hurtful to job seekers, and the actual studies tend to disagree. As CEO of Human Resource Services, Inc. (HRS), I lead an expert team partnering directly with hundreds (and overall thousands) of top quality local employers, and "stability" in employment history is still a critical concern when reviewing candidates.

Yes, certain fields do tolerate "job hopping," and these are the fields which require candidates to "come to the table" prepared for work without requiring a great deal of company-paid training. Examples include (among others) professional medical, accounting, engineering and programming opportunities.  But what about those employers willing to provide at their own significant costs the exact training that employees need to land a better job?  What employer consciously invests costly training into an employee who never repays the effort through increased productivity, but once trained, leaves for a higher paying job elsewhere?

Undoubtedly, business is still ruled by a cost-benefit analysis of projected outcomes.  World class employers today realize more than ever the bottom line effects of human capital management.  These employers are rightfully concerned that history can be our best and sometimes only indicator of future performance!  A "job hopping" past is considered risky to the employer who provides the attractive benefit of company-paid training.  Studies abound convincing us that training and growth are the most popularly sought employment benefits!

Enjoy the ability to find your best deal and be certain you've got it!! But while doing so, remember that the length of time you stay with each employer does affect the quality of your next job offer and the overall success of your career!  Next time you're job hunting might be an applicant market where employers can afford to be choosier. What you do today could still hurt you tomorrow!

By Jessica Ollenburg, HRS CEO