job hopping

30 years ago, when entering the workforce, people got pretty comfy. They decked out their cubicles with their favorite photos and ornaments and got straight to memorizing their colleagues pets names. They made sure their chair was the perfect height and scoped out the best lunch break eateries within a one mile radius. And what you ask is the point of all this preening? Well for the average employee 30 years ago, you are probably going to be in this job every day for the rest of your life. So get comfy.

These days even this hypothetical example is enough to make young people shiver violently, like the first time they saw Kristen Stewart actually smile. For us twenty somethings, this stagnancy and lack of progress is enough to send us straight to snoresville or induce early onset coronary problems.

We are the generation of doers. We like those shoes, we buy them. We’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica, we buy a ticket. The same can be said for the world of employment, we are all on a path to success and one that involves many pit stops along the way. 

But there are still those who believe camping out in a cubicle for the better part of your working career is the way to go. “It demonstrates loyalty,” they say, “It shows I’m a team player” they say, or the most dreaded one liner of all, “It will look good on my resume.”

I have seen firsthand how having this attitude does nothing to progress your career, and in this day and age it can actually do the opposite and be mega harmful.

Are you not feeling the vibe at your current job and looking to make a change? Nervous because you might not have been there for very long? Anxious because you have a lengthy list of previous employers? Fear not, there is hope for you yet and here’s why:

Employers don’t care. OK I know it is a blanket statement and coming from a non-employment expert it might not carry much weight, but I’m telling you it is the truth.

I have seen firsthand how the attitude you have about how employers view your resume should go out the window. Like right now. I graduated in 2011 and was desperate to get a job. At the time I was offered an awfully paid, digital marketing job in a workplace full of men with a 40 minute commute. Despite all of this, I learned so much in the first year and got along well with my marketing team. But towards the end of the first year I wanted out.

My feet were itching for new challenges, I knew I deserved more money and I was tired of spending most of my life in a car. So I started applying for other jobs.

Upon learning this, many friends and acquaintances were the first ones to chip in with their two cents of advice:

  • “It is too soon for you to be leaving.”
  • “It makes you look flighty.”
  • “Your generation is already unreliable enough, this doesn’t help you.”

I was shocked at the response I had to my decision to make a change in my life for the better. Shouldn’t we be encouraging people who are willing to step out and make a change for the better? 

Following these job applications, I sat through more than a few interviews before I landed the job I currently work in today.

I was a little nervous about my short stint at my previous role and had prepared a well thought out response to deliver when they asked why I was leaving so soon. I waited for the first interview. They didn’t ask. It was never raised in the second interview or the third either. By the time I had gotten to the fourth interview I was officially converted.

Nobody cares about job hopping.

If you can demonstrate you are a hardworking, innovative, and motivated young person with the skills required of the industry you work in, that’s all you need. It’s a simple recipe but people seem hellbent on complicating it. 

We are twenty-somethings and although we may not always realize it, the world knows about us. They are adjusting to this new hybrid of personality and welcoming us as the drivers of change and creators of the new and unimaginable. They want us. So go out there and show them what you got! 

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