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Job hopping can also become a somewhat fixed path too. I have seen more than once where businesses don't consider someone for a promotion because they seem more of a "loyalty risk" and they were looking for someone who might become a lifer to move up the ladder. In areas where career advancement internally is either not possible or preferable, job hopping is always a viable option. As others have mentioned it is a personal decision for you, but a business decision overall. The main place I can see job hopping as being bad form is if you are hired for a specific initiative and move on part way through it (especially if it is less than an 18 month project).
I think that's a great perspective. Thanks for commenting!
Whether you stay in a job for 4 years or 4 months, for you it's personal. For the employer is just business. When an employer needs you 'out' they won't make it very comfortable. They will even walk/escort you 'out', regardless if you're a Top Performer with 20 years in the company or a rookie with 6 months. Is just business. The same, then, should hold true on the employee side because, is just not only business or money, is your life and your career. I'm a hopper, and while the 'stigma' can generate animosity, I always get the 'next' job - so it doesn't matter cause' I know I'm good. AND, it exposes me to different situations, styles, projects, know-how, etc. You can't get this in just one place. Do you go to the same restaurant, every day, every week to get the same plate or lunch option? Don't think so. Bottom line, if the employee is 'happy' (and again, is not all about money) then he/she won't be looking to go elsewhere. Period.
If only they would follow their own suggestions/advice.
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