Are You a Job Hopper?

If you\’ve sent out tons of resumes and haven\’t heard back from any of them, maybe it\’s because they consider you a job hopper. When you have hundreds or thousands of resumes to sort through, one thing that stands out is the fact that you\’ve had way too many jobs in too short of a period of time. Employers call these people \”job hoppers\”, and it doesn\’t look good in their eyes.

As someone who has been on the hiring end of things in start-up companies, I can tell you that it\’s even more important to make sure you get the right employees from the start. Hiring and training employees is one of the biggest expenses we have. Hiring the wrong person can be a costly mistake.

Job hoppers come in all ages, but is even more common in those under 30. When you just get out of college and still don\’t really know what direction you want to go in, that\’s one thing. But too much beyond that and it doesn\’t look good to the person hiring you that you\’ve had 7 jobs in the past few years.

Of course, there are all kinds of reasons why someone would have a series of jobs before the age of 30, or at any age for that matter. But unless you are able to explain the situation to an employer or recruiter face to face you may not ever get that far in the hiring process. If you do have a face to face meeting be honest about your job hopping.

If you really want to settle down with a job and believe this company is going to be right for you, let the hiring person know that. Explain your job hopping resume before it gets tossed in the trash.