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Frequently switching between jobs is becoming more popular among young workers who can’t seem to get comfortable in one career path. However, jumping from company to company could have negative effects on your career down the line. While switching jobs has some benefits—such as a potential salary increase and a diversified skill set—you should be aware of the disadvantages of job hopping before turning in your two weeks’ notice.
It weakens your resumé
Having a lot of job experience on your resumé may seem like a good thing, but it can actually work against you when you apply for future jobs. Recruiters look for employees who can commit to the company and be passionate about its goals. Since job hoppers switch career paths so often, however, their loyalty may appear questionable. In addition, frequently leaving jobs may not give you enough time to receive any notable awards or accomplishments. Without specific proof of your worth, your resumé will end up looking hollow.
It makes you start from scratch
Every job requires you to learn and adapt to unfamiliar systems and procedures—a process that can be frustrating and time-consuming. In addition, you’ll have to get used to a new company culture and prove yourself as a valuable employee each time you switch jobs. Building trust and demonstrating your skills takes time—if you switch jobs too often, you could miss out on career advancement opportunities, which are typically awarded to employees who’ve been with the company for a longer period of time. Even worse, newer employees are often included in the first round of layoffs should the unfortunate situation arise.
It damages relationships
Landing a desirable job often requires a strong career network and solid references. By frequently leaving companies, you could end up damaging valuable professional relationships. Or, you may not have had enough time to develop lasting connections in the first place. As such, you may have difficulty getting professionals to write you a valuable recommendation letter, which could decrease your ability to advance your career.
Before deciding to chase down a new career opportunity, make sure to consider these main disadvantages of job hopping.