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Dispelling the Myth: Why Job Hopping Isn’t Always a Bad Career Move

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Excessive job hopping can raise red flags for employers. Some people believe it always signals career instability or a lack of commitment. But this is a myth.

I remember two years prior to the pandemic, I spoke with a recruiter who said she and her colleagues had been told not to dismiss candidates solely based on job hopping. The reason was hopping had become more common, especially among millennials, and employers didn’t want to significantly reduce their talent pool.

Add to this the fact there was additional job hopping during the Great Resignation, employers still seeking to fill positions are more open to candidates who have hopped. Especially since Baby Boomers are starting to retire and a much smaller Gen Z is replacing them.

The caveats of job hopping seen as a good thing

There are a couple of caveats to this of course.

1. Job hopping is usually only acceptable when each move demonstrates increased responsibility and development of more skills. It’s not so acceptable when it’s obvious hoppers made moves to get bigger and better signing bonuses during the Great Resignation.

2. Job hopping is a little more risky now because the current job market is a little tighter.

But, periodic changes in jobs can sometimes be beneficial for career growth and advancement, new opportunities, and higher salaries.

The benefits of job hopping

1. Skill diversification

Hopping between job roles or industries provides an excellent opportunity to expand and build your skill set. Each new job brings unique challenges and responsibilities. This ongoing learning process not only enhances your professional growth, but also makes you more attractive to potential employers.

2. Networking opportunities

Building a strong professional network is essential for long-term career success. Hopping allows you to meet a variety of colleagues, mentors, and industry contacts, thus growing and strengthening your network.

3. Adaptability and resilience

Employers highly value adaptability, especially in an ever-changing business environment. Navigating various company cultures and work environments helps you develop strong adaptability and resilience.

4. Salary growth

Despite common myths and beliefs, research shows that job hoppers often command competitive salary packages, surpassing their peers who remain with a single employer for extended periods. By leveraging your diverse skill sets and experiences, you can negotiate better terms, boosting your financial advancement.


Many of my clients express deep concern over even the smallest hint of job hopping on their résumés. But they don’t need to worry as much about this as in times past. Especially if they haven’t hopped excessively, have been strategic in their moves, and were in each job for at least one full year to two years.

While traditional advice may caution against any and all job hopping, strategic career moves can lead to a more fulfilling and prosperous career path.

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