Many professionals find themselves succumbing to job-hopping or having the tendency to change jobs frequently owing to the expanding flare of opportunities in the market today. The promises of financial gains and better incentives cause employees to work at many companies for a shorter period.
This trend is becoming a concern for companies, who fail to find the requisite stability and commitment in their employees while, in their defense, employees argue that growth in one’s career is also important.
So, does a person’s career benefit more by staying in the same company through the years or is it better to grab every good opportunity that comes a person’s way?
Pooja Kaura , GM- HR, Blue Lotus Communications Pvt. Ltd elaborates, “Gone are the days when a person would put in decades of work and retire from one’s organisation . In today’s world of ‘instant gratification’ , career moves are largely governed by opportunities . Climbing up the corporate ladder is a function of the individual’s ability to make the most out of a situation. While stability is a great indicator and a much sought after trait, it is fast losing its importance and ranked much low on the ‘preferred skill-set ‘ list.”
Reasons for job-hopping
Sangeeta Malkhede, director HR, CSS Corp believes differently, “Credibility takes time to build and once it is built, it goes a long way in shaping one’s career. Frequent job-switching will give an individual more short-term benefits of higher designations and salary but in the long run, performance could taper off and market reality will set in.”
How does a history of jobswitching reflect on a candidate’s resume during recruitment?
Arvinder Soora, HR head, Planet Retail, explains, “There can be numerous reasons for job-hopping : geographical preferences, growth in a colleague’s career, bad boss, better financial opportunities , etc. If someone has been constantly changing jobs throughout his/her career, it shows that the person is not ready to rough it out till his/her function becomes streamlined and it definitely shows a lack of dedication. Such people, if unable to come up with a good explanation, stand a strong chance of getting rejected in an interview.”
Job-switching offers benefits but can hinder progress in years to come
It is also probable that if a person is not satisfied with his/her workplace and keeps changing jobs, he/she may then not be in the right career direction.
Sunil Goel, director, GlobalHunt, explains , “A large pool of people are unaware of what they want from their careers. They get influenced by their friends, colleagues and family and always decide to indulge into certain things based on other’s success stories. In reality, every individual’s interest, temperament and capabilities are different , so the outcome has to be different. Thus, it is quite possible that the person may not be in the suitable career line and needs to think the matter over.”
Hence, it can be concluded that though job-switching offers a lot of immediate potential and benefits , it can actually hinder one’s career progress as the years roll by. It is essential for each employee to build up the requisite credibility required to ensure that he/she gains respect and success in his/her career.