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What was once looked at as a red flag when hiring is becoming all the more common these days! In general, job hopping happens when someone spends less than two years in a position, but the term doesn’t apply in situations like contract roles, promotions, etc. With the rise in popularity of gig work, it only makes sense that the gig work mindset would eventually start to bleed into the world of more traditional long-term positions, and employers are, in turn, starting to soften their views on job hopping, though they still usually want to see it only in moderation. So why do people job hop anyway? Here are a few reasons:


Salary Growth

Many job hoppers don’t want to wait around for a raise in their current position, so they’d rather move on to a new position with a higher salary. Additionally, it’s often thought that the traditional raise is smaller than the salary increase that can be obtained through switching jobs.



Since the timeline for job hopping is up to two years per position, that gives employees ample time to decide a company doesn’t have the room for growth that they want or can’t promote them as quickly as they would like. Changing jobs gives employees the opportunity to apply for the advanced positions they want.


They Can

Quite simply, people job hop because they can. Their reasons may be related to salary, promotions, work environment, remote work, or a wide range of things. Either way, the “Great Resignation” and labor shortages lately means that employees have more power these days and can move on when they realize their current position isn’t benefitting them the way they want.


If you’re an employer, don’t fret! The job hopping trend can actually benefit you as well. People who have held a variety of positions can often offer a more varied skillset and unique viewpoints that can help your business.


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