Skip Nav
6 Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer
Buying a House
How to Prepare Your Credit to Buy a Home
Job Search
4 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Interviewer

Job Hopping Could Have Negative Affects on Your Paycheck

Job Hopping Could Cost You

While it's not new information that most people have more than a handful of jobs during adulthood, a new study suggests that workers who move frequently have suffering paychecks. The research demonstrates that "mobility"can lead to a compensation boost if the moves occur during the early years of your career and aren't "coupled with layoffs, discharges, employment gaps, or family-related leave." It suggests that if you're floating around the working world after this point in your career than your salary will take a hit.

If you're out of work for an extended period of time for reasons like layoffs or family-related leave, the study shows that any large gap in employment can cause lower wages. This last point seems more like common sense than something revolutionary, but it does make me think about how important stability is in terms of job history.

I think that moderation is key here — changing jobs should be done with the help of intelligent decision making and a big-picture mentality. You don't want to be seen as unstable, unreliable, or as having loyalty issues, but you also don't want to be complacent in your professional life. What's your take on job hopping?


Join The Conversation
Meike Meike 9 years
It can be seen as three things by an employer. 1) The candidate is insatiable and will always be looking for better opportunities. 2) The candidate is well-rounded. 3) The candidate is uncooperative and does not work well for some reason in a team environment. 2 negatives versus 1 positive. While well-roundedness is a good thing, it is not what many companies look for. More companies would rather see a candidate who is a highly skilled expert in one area than a candidate that is only somewhat good at many things. That is why a neurological surgeon is paid several times over a general practitioner.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Misswills fashion can be the same way. I have been in the industry since I left college and it is so normal for people to jump around that it is almost odd when you stay somewhere for a long time.
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
It also depends on what sector you're in. If you work in the international sector, as many of my friends do, it is normal to do lots of job hopping. NGOs, international organizations, and the UN often give contracts of 2 months to 3 years; some renewable and some not. Therefore the job hopping is expected and doesn't hamper your desirability.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
My resume also looks like a job hopper, I left a really good job(at an international medical device company) to buy my own tanning salon. After a year I had increased the sales and the customer database and decided to sell for a 30% profit, then I started working in a completely unrelated field but after only 3 months the investor backed out and I was out of a job. Now I am trying to find a new job, but w/ such a crazy resume I can hardly even get an interview! I have now also started looking into retail positions, but no one is hiring around here!
Nickey Nickey 9 years
I agree with cubadog. In an economy like this, it's the reality for a lot of people. Job hopping could be seen as a well-rounded background for an employee. I don't think it's all that bad.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I am one of those that appears to have job hopped. For me in my job hunt I have found that it is more regional as to how people take it a lot of people on the West Coast freak out but the interviews I have had back East they don't care. I moved back to Portland, OR after living in NYC for 5 years it was in 2002 and the job market here tanked. You couldn't even get a temp position. So I had to take what I could to make ends meet everyone was shocked with my background that I didn't land a job the minute I got off the plane. One company I worked for went bankrupt and then I took a retail job to pay the bills. I have been interviewing a lot lately and have noticed that when I am honest about why my resume looks so insane people completely understand. Looks like I will end back on the East Coast within the next month fingers crossed anyway!
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
I think its important to know what you want out of a job before you take it because that's how people end up job-hopping! Another thing is to probably look for opportunities WITHIN the company.
Is It OK to Apply For Multiple Positions at One Company?
Tips For Entry-Level Job Seekers
Jobs For Adults With Special Needs
Make Extra Money
From Our Partners
Latest Career & Finance
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds