Lack of Purpose & Direction Can Lead to Massive Job-Hopping
A job for life is rarity these days, and it’s becoming the norm for one to stay in their current position or company no longer than two years! The questions proposed by many are:
- Is job-hopping and career success related to each other?
- What is the effect of one on the other?
- How long is too long for staying in a company?
From my observations, research, and personal experience, I see that job- hopping is quite common and becoming more accepted in the workforce which is illustrated by the fact that 87% of millennials believe in job-hopping compared to 59% among baby boomers.
Job hoppers do it for various reasons. More often than not they may not know what they are getting into, which stems from a lack of vision, purpose, and sense of direction. Sometimes, it is because they do not know what they want and hence are not ready for the challenges that lay ahead of them. Other times, it could be they were laid off, or had another one life’s curve balls thrown at them.
Job-hopping and career success is related to one another.
In my opinion, without a vision, purpose, and game plan, job-hopping will effect your career success in a negative manner.
Consider this, what signals are you sending to your potential employer if you job-hop too often?
The Two-Year Job Dating Rule
Have the intentions of implementing the two-year rule which is this – you must be willing to commit mentally to spend at least two years in the company before you quit. The reason is this; you need to deal with the learning curve. If you job-hop too often, you learn nothing substantial.
Think about it. It takes you at least a year to know the ins and outs of the company. Then another year before you can eventually be truly productive in adding value to the company. To see the true results of your contribution to the company, will take at least two years. So, if you are prone to job-hopping and career success is on your mind, then it is time to rethink and surround yourself with a partner or team that will help you stay course on your path at work!
Invest In Your Career Development
Many well-established companies have training programs. They are willing to invest in fresh graduates and newbies. However, in order for them to make that decision they need to look at past track records.
Ask yourself, if you are a manager -who are you more likely to invest training time and money on?
Someone who is job-hopper and shows tendency to job-hop or someone who is stable? Companies are more likely to invest in people who are stable. Why? The reason is simple. They are able to contribute back into the company. Everybody wins. If you are constantly job-hopping, you send a signal that you are not ready to commit.
Companies like to invest in people who see their career goals align with their corporate goals.
Job-hoppers usually cannot see their career path beyond the next year which again, is a sign that you lack, vision, purpose, and tact. Most of all, maturity.
Decreasing the Lack Of Commitment To Your Job
One of the best ways to quit job-hopping is to be honest with yourself, and know what you want. Once you know that, you will have singular focus in the pursuit of your career goals. It could be that this is the career path that is not authentic to you, and doesn’t bring out the best of your capabilities. Of course, it is understandable that as a fresh graduate or newbie at work it is tough to know that. You may be interested in some other industries.
If you are new in the work force and have been job-hopping quite a bit, my advice to you is this – truly find out what you want.
The decision is up to you, because you have to live with the consequences negative or positive.
Once you know that, find a company that is willing to train or how they are willing to commit to their employees’ career in the long term. If they have structured training programs, join them.
If there are other fields that you are interested in then BE PROACTIVE and make a plan to find out about them. Start with the Internet, join meetup groups in your area, and then ask friends who may know people in those fields. Speak to them; ask them about the expectations of the company and the role of the position you are interested in. Also don’t be afraid to invest in a career coach, such as myself.
You may not have all the answers but at least you get some idea. That would decrease the chances of you job-hopping.
ABL: Always Be Learning
Make learning the relevant skills and knowledge in that industry your key objective. The skills and knowledge that you learn will contribute to your career success in the long term. It is something that you can bring with you the rest of your life, and position as transferable skills. There are a plethora of courses offered online such as Lynda, and Coursera (free & credits Option available), and at your local community college that will allow you to gain new skills that build up your personal brand and position you as an asset!
Once you see the benefits of committing to a company that is aligned with your career goals, a reflection of your sense of self, and who is willing to train you for more than two years, hopefully job-hopping won’t be the prominent skill that you poses!
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