So you’re resigning your fourth job in 2 years. It’s quite understandable that this job searching process is not always easy, but should one not consider the negative path being left behind? If you are planning to leave your new job because you’re bored or don’t like your boss, and don’t know how to quit without being a job hopper, then this article is for you.
Let’s do a quick 101 on job hopping. It is the art or pattern of changing jobs multiple times out of your own free will rather than as a result of some sort of layoff or the closure of a company. Years ago, it was the norm for people to work for the same employer their entire careers – that has gone to the wayside, unfortunately. If you don’t want to get the tag of being a job hopper, we recommend these simple things:
- Consider your long-term plan
If you are planning to go far in life, it doesn’t make sense entering your next role with no intention of making it long-term. When we say long-term, it means devote yourself to the next employer you are going to be working for. Make certain your next opportunity is a place you can see yourself for more than a few months – more than likely you should stay there for at least 2 years. During an interview, ask the employer what opportunities there are for advancement or new challenges, (to keep yourself from getting bored!). Then you have something to look forward to!
Consider how much it costs an employer to hire someone new. Employers interview, hire, and train you before they can make a return from that investment (you!). Then as soon as they get that return, you’re deciding to move on. Basically, the best way to go about this is by giving your employer a peace of mind, where your longevity at companies speak for you.
- Your reason for wanting to leave must be a strong one
Another way to avoid getting looked at like a job hopper is presenting a strong reason for wanting to leave. Imagine I’m an employer who wants to give you a job, my question to you would be, why do you want to leave your present job? Right there, you need to explain with a cogent reason why you want to leave your present job. The number one principle to follow as an employee at this stage is not to speak ill of your boss or the company you work with. Instead, focus on the positives - pay attention to the future of your new job and what the opportunity will present to you.
Don’t say, “I was treated poorly or disrespected, I got tired and wanted to leave” you should say something like “I know I can do better than what I’m presently doing. I’m looking for that opportunity to take advantage of my full potential.” Employers aren’t aliens, they will understand how you feel. It’s natural for one to want to explore new things.
- Make yourself open to new opportunities, but not seen as actively searching.
You may feel awkward for chasing new opportunities, especially when you are new in the current position. There are different ways to let the people in your industry know that you are a “Passive Candidate”, that is, someone who’s open to new opportunities, but still not ready for a new job.
- Create a strong name through your experience, in which every employer can identify with, then employers and recruiters will reach out to you. Your previous work results should speak volumes (resume and LinkedIn profiles should reflect this!). When a potential offer is made to you, you can then use the excuse of “this position is too attractive to ignore, that’s why I’m quitting”.
- Lease with staffing agencies to link up with companies that are currently hiring. These agencies usually represent these companies and are paid to hire for the right position. You can present your current employer with an excuse like “I was presented with an opportunity that’s aligned with my interest and goals.”
In the end, make sure job hopping doesn’t become a habit or become too frequent because you are bored. Make sure you have a clear career goal (or goals). And before accepting a new offer, make sure it’s a company and role you’ve researched, getting a clear picture of the role you will be playing so that you don’t lose on both fronts.