6 reasons why you should hire job hoppers. Seriously!

You can of course ignore or hide from the obvious signs that the world out there is changing, that the staff you hire have other values than we have ever seen before. You can continue to hide your head in the sand (which we jokingly call The Ostrich Syndrome).

Let me ask you this Mr Hiring Manager: are you prepared to commit and guarantee that your company will employ a person up to his or her age of 67? Thought so! Why should this individual then commit to staying with you their whole career?

Before you think I have gone totally mad, suggesting you should start hiring job hoppers, check out this new data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average job time for those 25 to 34 years old: 2.8 years per job.

 From age 35 to 44, the average job work period is 4.9 years.

For those ages 45 to 54: 7.6 years per job.

Here are 6 good reasons why you should not hesitate to hire job hoppers – but rather welcome what they bring to the table and your organisation. Here’s a summary as written by Forbes’ writer Jacquelyn Smith.

  1. A job hopper brings experience from a number of industries and size of companies as well as exposure to a variety of challenges.
  2. Skill sets necessary to keep up with the constant changes must be diverse and dynamic. In most cases, the environment necessary to foster this growth cannot be found with a single employer. By working in many different environments the job hopper gains access to different resources.
  3. A job hopper will get to see ways how others are going about their business whilst at the same time building their network with a new pool of business people.
  4. Networking is today vital in a competitive job market. Different employers provide access to different networks in which a job hopper can plant roots and farm relationships.
  5. Job hopping allows a candidate to assess what s/he likes and not. Once ready to settle down for several years, the job hopper knows what he’s looking for.
  6. Job hopping allows the job hopper to show employers flexibility, adaptability and quick learning. That someone is not afraid of change and risks. Many companies are keen on hiring these attributes.

via The Nomad Economy | Korn Ferry Institute:

Millennials / Gen Y, which are people born between 1982 and 2000 and now the largest part of the workforce in most countries, seem particularly disinterested in staying put in the same job. The average job tenure of those ages 25 to 34 is less than three years, The US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) found. For those ages 55 to 64 it is three times that, at 10.1 years.

The US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) found that those born between the years 1957 and 1964—younger baby boomers—held an average of 11.7 jobs between the ages of 18 and 48. More than a quarter of people held 15 jobs or more.

A recent survey of US workers found that 64 percent of them have a favorable view of job-hopping. Said it would actually help their careers. In other words, a nomadic career isn’t sign of instability—it’s a feature.

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