When is job-hopping needed?

April 25, 2018 5 mins read
When is job-hopping needed?

Each year, March and April are the peak season for job-hopping. The so-called interview before the festival and taking work after is not an empty talk but a truth as is happening in almost all the offices. While you are ignorant what is happening around you, your colleagues might have been promoted, won a pay rise, or resigned without any preliminaries at all.

Then you might heave a sigh: job-hopping is not that easy! You are right, job-hopping can be compared to investment in stock, which requires not only inside information, instruction from masters, but also an analysis on the market trend and a close look at whatever is being traded in the market. In other words, if you can ride the wave, the day when you become a millionaire can be expected. However, it is also probable for some stocks to go through the floor in a market boom. In this situation, it is imperative for one to reflect on his character.

That is, in a market boom, it is of great importance to make a right choice, in a metaphorical manner.

During the five years of recruiting hundreds of personnel, I never forget to tell the candidates that by job-hopping we want to find a better platform, a boss with higher demand, and a situation more conductive to our career development, rather than seeking a solution to or an escape from our troubles. In its essence, job-hopping is for you to break the bottlenecks, get a greater vision, and find a platform to realize self-fulfillment. However, many people have made a mistake when considering a job-hopping and failing to see this big picture.

According to incomplete statistics, even one who holds a position that is the envy of the majority would consider quitting office / Job? for at least 45 times a year. Many people see job-hopping as an excellent plan for solving all the troubles facing them in work. But it is totally wrong. You might feel envious of other people for their promotion, pay rise, and appreciation by the boss, and what you get are tough jobs with challenges and difficulties. You see where the problems lie, but you give up your efforts to look for the real causes. Have you worked hard enough? Have you made a 100% trial? What solutions have you figured out?

Several days ago, Peng Lei, one of the 18 founders of Alibaba Group and former CEO of Ant Financial resigned, which became headlines of fancy reports among the media. I believe one of her remarks must be heavily quoted by people in the Moments. She said, “Whatever decisions Jack Ma makes, I have only one job: to see that his decision turns out to be the most correct one.” Business is like a war without bullets. The most important factor to win the war is the power of execution, and the same is true with an enterprise. Richard Liu said, “I give you the position not for you to tell me that I make a wrong decision, but for you to implement my decisions. If there are any difficulties, it is your duty to find a way out.” But now people prefer to stay at their comfort zone, which brings only harm to their individual and career development. According to Murphy's Law, if you are used to give up in the face of setbacks, then your job-hopping would only bring you a deteriorating situation.

Now your top concern must be about the best time for job-hopping. Does a sense of satisfaction not matter at all? To answer all these, I share the following nine reasons for job-hopping as concluded through a social survey questionnaire by kanzhun.com:

  • You are frequently ill due to the work
  • Your creativity is significantly weakened
  • No more new techniques to learn, no chances for career development
  • Missing promotion several times
  • Working too hard while being paid too little
  • Hard work going unnoticed / with no recognition.
  • No interest in the job; 31% of such people desire for a change by working at other company
  • The company is on decline and business is shrinking.
  • A gap between your values and those of the company


Check if you are faced with these problems. If so, it is time for you to get another job. There is no problem with your ability and your three essential views, and you do contribute to the company, but you just take the wrong bus.

I remember my reading an article titled “The Thinking of A Retail Employee” at the end of last year. The article made me quite concerned about the fate of traditional retailers. 2017 is hailed as the first year of new retail. In that year featuring online and offline integration, the retail experienced a boom it had failed to see for several years, with new technologies, new retail formats, and new ways of playing constantly emerging, along with the active participation of capital and new players.

The new retail online platform supports jobs for 45 to 60 per cent of cross-boundary candidates from traditional retail. On the one hand, large e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba and JD.COM have expanded into the offline world on a large scale, coupled with rampant offline expansion. Also, the offline and offline integration has shifted from capital integration to business integration. On the other hand, the value of the real business is more prominent, and the high-quality offline customer experience will bring great value to the brands, helping them to base their business on the source of value. At the same time, many new lifestyle companies (for example, medical beauty, fitness entertainment, travel services, etc.), which represents the new retail, are also opening their arms to traditional retail.

So, are you riding the right wave of this boom?

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Marlon Mai
Managing Director, Greater China