Should I Do Job-Hopping

June 7, 2018 3 mins read
Should I Do Job-Hopping

Since I began my job as a headhunter, I often have friends asking me “Whether I should change my job”. I believe that one of the most frequently asked questions during the job interview is “Why do you want to change your job”. When headhunters call you, it is necessary to look at your condition and think about whether to do job-hopping or stay. After communicating with numerous candidates, we summed up "Seven Hopping".

  • The company's operating conditions are worrying. Cash flow is short, and revenue cannot be guaranteed. There is highly interdependence between company and its employees. When a bird's nest is overturned, no egg can remain intact. If you don't want to sink with this boat, don't drag it, let's go.
  • Have been working for more than three years in current position, and the work content has not changed and there has been no promotion. According to the diminishing marginal effect, in a job for more than three years, your promotion opportunity is getting less and less, and it is easy to fall into the comfort zone after staying for a long time. Of course, the position which will steadily increase does not belong to this discussion.
  • When encountered terrible leadership. When supervisor cannot guide and support you, and even be captious to stop you from doing great. Meanwhile, in the foreseeable future, you can't get rid of him/her. Then you don't need to screw it, and look for other opportunities.
  • The income is far below the market level, and you have much living pressures, such as mortgages, car loans, and childcare. When your current companies can hardly meet your income needs in the foreseeable future, then face the reality. work is not a charity.
  • When you are totally uninterested in your work, and you wake up in the morning and only want to “go die”. The pain is unimaginable for people to deal with things without any interest for decades. Of course, a job of interest is definitely not a "comfortable job". Interest is a good reason for you to do things for yourself. You are willing to challenge yourself constantly for your goals, overcome various difficulties in your work, and finally enjoy your joy and sense of accomplishment. However, whether or not you are interested in a job is not intuitive, it is not a matter of time. You need to hone, try, and bear. If in the end, you still find your job unacceptable, then it’s not late for a job-hopping.
  • Beware of a passive departure. If you discover that you are gradually marginalizing, your job content is getting less and less, leaders rarely communicate with you, and the arrangement of your work is also relatively perfunctory. Be careful, this may be a precursor for a passive departure. If you haven’t been in the job long, don't care about the severance packages. After all, word of mouth in the workplace is much more important, and it's better to leave voluntarily than to be fired.
  • Cultural conflict. People who have worked in foreign companies for many years often do not adapt to the management style of private enterprises; those who have spent a long time in high-tech enterprises also find it difficult to adapt to traditional industries; market-oriented companies are generally hard to integrate into the atmosphere of state-owned enterprises, and vice versa. These are all manifestations of cultural conflicts and are essentially differences in values, behavioral patterns, management mechanisms, human relationships, and so on. When this kind of conflict occurs, it is generally difficult to reconcile, and only choose to leave.



In addition to the “Seven Hopping” mentioned above, of course, there are other reasons such as distance, overtime, corporate mergers, bosses, post adjustment, unfair distribution, and interpersonal tensions. These small problems will also cause deep-seated conflicts. If you have two of these seven factors, then you should seriously consider changing your platform; if you have four or more, do not hesitate, and be careful about your mental condition.

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Tracy Luo
Associate Director | Finance & Strategy Recruitment