Is Job Hopping becoming more acceptable?
As a recruiter it is our remit to support and be directed by our client’s requirements.
The challenge we frequently face is not just finding the skills and capability required to do a specific role …. but the number of career moves made by a candidate to have achieved the required experience to meet clients requirements and expectations.
Like it or loathe it we do have to accept that people do move jobs more frequently .This shouldn’t be interpreted as candidates lacking commitment or any other negative connotation , rather it is a fact that the attitude towards staying put in a job has genuinely changed .
A recent survey of 1200 professionals by one of the UK’s biggest job boards CV Library found that attitudes towards moving on has changed with 31.7 per cent expecting more than 10 jobs in their lifetime with one in five (20.9 per cent) admitting that they think it’s unrealistic for businesses to expect employees to stay with their company for more than two years.
The backdrop/history to this change in attitude started several decades ago when the “job for life” became well and truly resigned to history. By the end of the 1980’s the UK had well and truly moved away from being a manufacturing focused economy to one built upon service-based industries. This coincided with a shift on employees’ attitude on a number of themes including company loyalty.
Fast forward to 2019 and we are acutely aware of how technology and digitalisation has revolutionised everything we do personally and professionally. Career focused individuals will not stay in jobs for purely a professional agenda – personal fulfillment and engagement and happiness is important too.
I am not trying to adopt a bohemian stance btw …. I am neither spiritual nor in any way unconventional! I am simply pointing out that there must be an acceptance that job hopping is here to stay and that when recruiting new talent do not exclude those candidates who have made several career moves to attain their skills and experience ….you could be missing out on a candidate who could add value to your business.