Getting a job that is a good fit can be difficult. Some people get a new job, only to discover they aren’t happy; others leave because they are let go by the company.

While you aren’t expected to stay at a job forever, you can have difficulties getting a new job if you leave jobs too frequently. Companies tend to be hesitant to hire individuals they don’t think will stay with the company, which can be an issue if you have an employment history that has a great deal of job hopping.

Conversely, remaining at your job for too much time can be bad for your career. You may be missing out on benefits or raises you could be getting somewhere else, and you might be missing out on learning new abilities that strengthen your resume.

As you think about your career opportunities, it’s crucial to consider the effect of repeated job changes, so you can make the proper choices for your future.

Avoiding the ‘Job Hopper’ Label

While there are numerous benefits to switching jobs, there’s one major drawback you’ll want to avoid – being seen by hiring managers as a someone who can’t hold down a job, also known as a job hopper.

A good rule of thumb is to average at least two years or more in each job, with at least one job tenure of more than four years.

Missing Out on Pay

Research shows that after a few years at the same job, the average worker is getting paid much less than they should be.

If you’re not satisfied with your current pay rate and you’re willing to move on to a new job, approach your supervisor about the possibility of a raise, without threatening to quit. If you get a raise, you may want to stick around. If you get a promise of a raise in the near future, try to get that promise in writing. If you don’t get any assurances about a pay increase and you’ve been in the job for at least two years, it may be time to move on.

Missing Out on Advancement Opportunities

While switching jobs can help you earn more money, it can also cause you to miss out on advancement opportunities. Employers rarely promote people into important positions after just a year or two on the job.

If you think you might be in line for a promotion very soon, find out about as much as possible about that possibility before looking around for another job.

A Stagnant Skill Set

Studies have indicated individuals who change jobs regularly have a tendency to be better performers. Frequently starting new jobs helps you gain a wider range of experiences as it exposes you to a wider range of work environments, procedures and work styles. Those who switch jobs regularly also become experts in making first impressions and networking with people inside their industry.

At Action Group Staffing, we work with people who are ready to move on from their current job, so they can make the best choice for their career and personal situation. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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