The Major Misunderstandings of Job-hopping

Bruce Zhou June 6, 2016 3 mins read

For any employee in the workplace, they will inevitably reach a phenomenon termed as “career ceiling”. Employees will face troubles, along with the temptation to job-hop for promotion. Changing jobs is not only for a career readjustment, but also a personal career dream pursuit and a shortcut to enhance income. But if the decision is too hasty, it may adversely affect your entire career.

There is no such thing as “easy” in this process. The only thing you have is your knowledge, experience, understanding of what employers need, and making full use of your own advantages in an efficient manner.

1.The idealized pursuit of industry and function

In our work, we would often get to some candidates, who have worked hard in their own industry sectors and functions for a few years, but trying to enter into the rapidly developed industry, and even changing the function, due to the change in the overall economic environment. I once interviewed a candidate with a superior background - studied abroad, worked at a famous main engine plant in market analysis positions after returning. Envying the work in investment bank, he resolutely left the automotive industry where he had been in for three years through naked resignation. After searching for jobs for months with no achievements, he ultimately lowered his salary to join a car parts company. We recommend candidates to rationally and objectively analyze their competitiveness in the market, and use the past accumulated experience and connections to gain a better development in their familiar territory.

2. Excessive pursuit of salary increase

In our survey, we have found that candidates who chose job-hopping in pursuit of a salary increase account for 63.7%. How to balance career development and salary increase becomes a key element in job-hopping, which is often ignored by candidates in their efforts to job-hop. Have they ever told their supervisors about their demands on wages? Have they ever considered the opportunity for promotion if they stay in the current company? Do they have the ability to take the stress brought by the high-paying job? These uncertainties require the candidate’s to rethink their actions.

3.Impressed by the personal charisma of immediate supervisors

Part of the candidates would have a very speculative talk with immediate boss during interview, impressed by their personal charm, and making agreement on the future development of the company, thus making the misunderstanding that this must be a good company. Generally speaking, we would measure a company's competitiveness in multiple dimensions, such as the background of the company, sales performance, product competitiveness, market share and so on. If your future immediate supervisors have tacit understanding with you and the company has a good development prospect, then congratulations to you that it will be a very good opportunity. On the contrary, you will need to carefully consider this opportunity.

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Senior Manager | Industrial & Life Science Recruitment


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