6 reasons why you should hire Job Hoppers. Seriously!

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Job HopperYou cannot ignore that the staff you hire these days have other values than we have ever seen before.

Not only because of Covid, but there are also other obvious signs that the world out there is changing.

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 60? Thought so!

Why should this individual employee 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 data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • The average years in one job, 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.

6 reasons why you should not hesitate to hire job hoppers

Let's goThe summary of Pros and Cons of Job Hopping was written by Jacquelyn Smith and published in Forbes Magazine.

  • A job hopper brings experience from a number of industries and size of companies as well as exposure to a variety of challenges.
  • 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.
  • 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 businesspeople.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The number of jobs you may have in your lifetime will likely be double that of a generation ago.

Source: The Nomad Economy | Korn Ferry Institute

A nomadic career isn’t sign of instability — it’s a feature

Millennials 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.
  • or those ages 55 to 64 it is three times that, at 10.1 years.

The US Bureau of Labor 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.

Another 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.

Tom Sorensen

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.