“Job-Hopping” Expected by Employers

May 27 2014 - General, Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

It is often thought that there is a stigma against employees who work for various employers for short periods of times, also known as “job-hopping.”  But, employers are not necessarily surprised when encountering a job-hopping applicant.

According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder, more than half (55 percent) of employers surveyed have hired a job-hopper and nearly one-third (32 percent) of surveyed employers have come to expect workers to job-hop.

Job-hopping frequency may depend on various factors, including age and industry.

By the age of 35, 25 percent of workers have held five or more jobs. Job-hopping becomes less acceptable to employers when a worker reaches his/her early to mid 30s, according to forty-one percent of those employers surveyed.

The industry where job-hopping was most expected was information technology (42 percent), followed by leisure and hospitality (41 percent), transportation (37 percent), retail (36 percent), and manufacturing (32 percent).

Job-hopping is still frowned upon by many employers. A significant number (43 percent) won’t consider a candidate with short tenures with several employers.  However, others surveyed pointed out advantages in hiring people who have worked for several different companies, including a wide-range of expertise and the ability to quickly adapt.

The survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder and included a representative sample of 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and a representative sample 3,022 full-time, private sector workers across industries and company sizes.

Bringing new employees on-board is a critical time for every company.  Not only is it a time to set forth goals and expectations, but there are many tasks involved in getting new employees started, including following California and federal obligations.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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