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Would You Hire a Job-Hopper? More Than Half of Employers Have

More than half of employers have hired job-hoppers.Some things in life don’t carry that much of a stigma anymore. Case in point: taking selfies, dressing your pets like humans, and job hopping.

While we couldn’t validate the first two with hard data, CareerBuilder did find that more than half (55 percent) of employers surveyed said they have hired a job-hopper, and nearly 1 in 3 (32 percent) said they expect workers to job-hop.

That’s according to a new CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals as well as 3,000 private-sector workers.

In fact, 1 in 4 workers have had 5-plus jobs by the age of 35. (Yes, you read that right.) Older workers have job-hopped far less; just 1 in 5 of those 55 and older have held 10-plus jobs in their lifetime.

Let’s take a crash course in job-hopping, shall we?

  • Who hops more? Why young people, of course. Nearly half (45 percent) of employers that hire new college grads don’t expect them to stay with the organization for more than two years, whereas only a quarter (27 percent) expect them to stick around for five years or more.
  • Are some more acceptable job-hoppers than others? As it turns out, yes. More than 2 in 5 employers say job-hopping is less acceptable when workers hit their 30s, and nearly a third (28 percent) say it’s less acceptable after workers cross the 40-mark.
  • Industries that can expect more hopping than usual. What with the infamous talent shortage and all, IT not-too-surprisingly comes in at No. 1 (42 percent). Meanwhile leisure & hospitality (41 percent), transportation (37 percent), retail (36 percent) and manufacturing (32 percent) aren’t far behind.
  • Hiring job-hoppers does have its advantages. More than half (53 percent) of employers say job-hoppers typically have a wide range of expertise, and an almost equal number (51 percent) say job-hoppers are able to adapt quickly.

“More workers are pursuing opportunities with various companies to expose themselves to a wider range of experiences, build their skill sets, or take a step up the ladder in pay or title. … Employers may be more understanding of job-hopping today, but most employers are still more likely to hire the candidate who has a pattern of longer tenure with organizations.” – Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources, CareerBuilder

Tell us: How is job-hopping perceived at your organization? Do you see it as the norm today or do you think it hampers a candidate’s chance of getting hired?

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Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.

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