Why hiring job-hoppers is OK

Is job hopping bad for one’s career? And, more to the point, do employers really mind?

There’s new data that indicates job-hopping is just fine with the folks who do the hiring, across most major professions, so long as we’re talking about younger workers.

The research was conducted through CareerBuilder, which polled more than 5,000 hiring pros and job-seekers. Its study found that 55 percent of employers surveyed said they’ve hired a job-hopper, and 32 percent expect today’s modern worker to job-hop.

Yes, technology did lead the pack in terms of employers who said they expect workers to job-hop. But other professions weren’t far behind. Here’s the top 5:

1. Information Technology  – 42 percent

2. Leisure & hospitality – 41 percent

3.Transportation – 37 percent

4. Retail – 36 percent

5. Manufacturing – 32 percent

And job-hopping isn’t limited to restless youth, the survey showed.

“By the age of 35, 25 percent of workers have held five jobs or more. For workers ages 55 and older, 20 percent have held 10 jobs or more,” CareerBuilder reported.

On the other hand, employers tend to make more allowances for young hoppers than their elders.

They fully expect recent grads to job-hop; 45 percent of employers said they don’t expect a new grad to stick around for two years. Just 27 percent believe that, when they hire a college grad, they’ll still be seeing that shiny face come through the door in five years.

Forty-one percent of employers said that job-hopping becomes less acceptable after a worker reaches his or her early to mid-30s (ages 30 or 35), and 28 percent find job-hopping less acceptable after the age of 40.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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