Are You a Job Hopper? 3 Reasons Why You Can’t Stick It Out
If youâre a serial job hopper, donât worry: Iâm not here to pick on you. This article isnât about placing blame; itâs about exploring motivation. You see, Iâve worked with a lot of people who want desperately to find that perfect jobâa job that holds their interest and makes them feel truly excited to go to work each day. Yet, these same people find themselves bouncing from job to job, unable to make a long-term commitment. Job hoppers often have good intentions so it becomes frustrating when they just canât find a job worth holding on to.
If the description above rings true for you, there could be several things going on. By understanding what could be causing your situation, you may be able to resolve it. So take a look at the three most common reasons Iâve discovered for being a serial job hopper, and see if any describe you.
Younger professionals especially may be going through a journey of self-discovery, bouncing from job to job as a way of exploring their options. When you donât have a lot of experience, itâs hard to know what youâll enjoy. Right after college for example, many people spend a few years in a state of transition. Job hopping during this period of time is nothing to worry about; itâs quite normal. Sometimes, the only way to know what you want in your career is to try a variety of things to determine what you donât want.
2. Job Search Mistakes
Those who are more experienced and still find themselves job hopping may want to evaluate their job search process. Many people end up in a vicious cycle: They fail to use an appropriate level of discretion in their job search and they simply accept the first job that offers them a decent paycheck. Then, because they werenât cautious enough on the front end, they end up in a role that pays the bills but doesnât satisfy them on any deeper level. So, very quickly, they find themselves back in the job market. They let themselves get consumed with anxiety and worry, feeling the need for that paycheck, and they end up accepting yet another job that simply offers the salary needed, instead of taking their time and putting in the effort to find the RIGHT job.
This can be resolved quite easily by simply conducting a proactive job search. Iâve actually spent years creating a well-defined system that helps job seekers make intelligent, long-term decisions to find employment that makes job hopping a thing of the past. If youâd like more information on this, send me an email.
3. Personality Mismatch
At some pointâusually about a year into employmentâthe reality of the workplace catches up to you. No matter how exciting and interesting the job appeared on day one, it eventually becomes just another job.Â It happens to everyone, even rocks stars and astronauts. If theyâre willing to pay you to do the job, it probably wonât always be a day at the park. Some people have creative personalities that struggle deeply with routine. They are more likely to feel antsy to the point of serious despair. However, instead of really analyzing whatâs going on and creating a strategy for managing it, many people simply bounce on to the next job, hoping that something will change. Sadly, it never does.
If this description sounds like you, donât worry: youâre not doomed to a life of job hopping. You have options that will help you work with your personality instead of fighting against it. If you want to find a career that will satisfy you long-term, it IS possible. But youâll need to do a little work. Career Management Consulting (also called Career Strategy Coaching) is an ideal match for people in this situation. If you have questions, drop me an email.
Job hopping isnât necessarily a âbadâ thing, but most people donât enjoy it. When you bounce from job to job, youâre usually looking for somethingâa feeling of fulfillment thatâs missing. Plus, job hopping is hard! Itâs stressful to look for a job and, even once youâre in, you still have that rough period of learning the ropes. In my experience, finding a long-term career that truly nourishes you is the ultimate goal for most peopleâand I truly believe itâs possible for everyone.
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