“… have no stamina or who exit immediately when facing headwinds. Or the other way around: For many people long-term professionalism means: Loyalty! Commitment! Stability! I think this opinion is not up to date anymore as the job hoppers’ image gradually changes because companies have realized that
_ there are no longer only two phases of life (work and retirement), but many different phases of life are lined up (work – travel – work – time-out – work – self-realization project – …)
_one career in life becomes rare, due to longer work ability and later retirement age
_there are now i.e. nano-degrees in place, which means, careers can be rebuilt and a years-long university degree is not needed anymore (for certain functions)
It might even be advantageous for some start-ups to hire or build on job hoppers because over time the start-up also changes and the generalist who fit at the beginning doesn’t fit after a year.
If a job hopper can explain what they have learned in each and every job, this “learning” will outweigh the supposed advantages, such as loyalty, stability, perseverance and discipline. If job hoppers are able to credibly convince they may not have been in one position for a long time, but they´re making a clear commitment for every task and project – this is a clear plus. They have the drive to familiarize themselves with new fields and new things over and over again to learn and develop, therefore, this work style can be seen as advantageous, too.
Job hoppers are employees who (can) think much more holistically than others. They (can) bring fresh ideas, innovations, project-driven implementation into the company. Of course if you get the impression from an applicant all the different positions can be only explained because of all conceivable negative characteristics, it is not advisable to see this job hopper in a positive light.”
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