Job hopping and generational differences in opinions about careers has been an interesting topic of discussion lately, and I've taken it to my colleagues, too. The generational differences are obvious. My older colleague, who is about five years from retirement, has been in the same job for decades and wouldn't even think of moving.
A younger colleague (older than me by just a couple of years) has already moved a few times in his career, and he only graduated a few years ago.
So I wanted to bring it to the blog.
I like my job and have been with the organization that I'm currently with for a year. I started with the same job title, but was paid way less and performed different duties. In April, I started making roughly double what I made last January, but with the same company, same job title and vastly different duties.
Because of a reorganization of our department, my twenty colleagues and myself (those of us with the same job title - large organization) were split into two different functions. We kept many of the same job duties but some were taken away to streamline our positions.
In any case, I've had the same job title and have been in the same department with the same company for 1 year. My resume will always reflect this because, well, I'm not going to lie on my resume.
I like my job. I don't love it, because it's considered somewhat "entry level", and I spend most of my days editing spreadsheets, but I know I have to pay my dues before enjoying less.. er, clerical work and more serious work. But I can't deny this; I have an awesome job for somebody my age. I am far ahead of my peers that I graduated with, in wage, benefits and job security. I know this. I know I am blessed. I'm lucky enough to have landed an awesome gig.
Those who know me in real life know that, if I see an opportunity that will serve me well, I take it. I don't like sitting on things and if I want to do something I tend to do it. I always need a project, and, as my mom often says (like it's a bad thing, and maybe it is) I'm always "on to the next thing" once I finish something.
Because of this, I hate the thought of doing the same thing in the same job and doing nothing else for years on end. I work for a large public organization which doesn't offer a lot of room for advancement in the short-term. The position that might seem like an obvious stepping stone from my position requires, on the job description (to which they adhere closely) a minimum of 7 years of experience in a similar role.
This means that, in order to move up the proverbial ladder with this company, I would have to stay in my current role for 6 more years and do a lot of side work to bring it up to the "similar role" standard. Furthermore, they don't typically hire for that particular role within the organization.
I recently saw an opportunity to advance my career and make tens of thousands of dollars more than I'm already making. It seemed like an interesting job, and it was a step above my current job in title, and would allow us so much more financial freedom. In addition to all of this, it's with a company that a family member works for and really likes, and it's a well known company that isn't going anywhere. So I applied.
The job would require some pretty big lifestyle changes, including being away from home for a couple of weeks at a time, travel, and living out, so I talked with J before applying and we both decided that it would be a good idea for me to test the waters.
I got a quick, pre-screen phone interview which I told my mom about. She didn't react much except to say, via email, that it seemed like a good opportunity. After the pre-screen interview, they called me back a couple of days later for a real, longer interview over the phone in a couple of weeks.
I told J that I got a real interview and he was excited for me. I told my mom and she .. wasn't so much.
It all started with my stepdad saying, kind of randomly when I was questioning whether to put an ingredient in something we were making (but not in a mean-spirited way, though it sounds that way in script) "oh just do it. You do everything you want anyway". He laughed. When I got to the bottom of the random question, I found out that he and my mom were completely and adamantly against me taking the job.
Now, I had to talk them down from the ledge a bit - I hadn't even been offered the job, let alone been on the interview. My mom didn't give me any concrete reason why she didn't think I should do it except she didn't think it would be good for my relationship with J because I would be away from home for periods of time.
My stepdad on the other hand told me that if he were a hiring manager and saw my resume with a bunch of short stints on it, he would not hire me. He thinks that it looks really bad, because he thinks that most companies are looking to hire people for the long term.
When I asked a few of my friends they though that having a job over a year on your resume, especially when it's entry level, is just fine. My stepdad thought very, very differently.
My friends are mostly Gen Y, with a few Generation Xs mixed in. It's been proven that Millenials are more likely to "job hop", and stay at jobs for substantially less time than other generations. It's shown that starting new jobs helps advance careers, but may be detrimental to those worker's ability to find work in the future, due to the "old school" thinking of older higher managers.
I want to know what you think. I want to know which generation you are in - are you a Gen Y, Baby boomer, what? & I want to know what your thoughts are on leaving an entry level job after a year to advance your career.
If you received a resume from somebody who applied for a job, would you toss it in the recycling after seeing that they worked at their first job after college for only a year prior to moving on to another company, or would you be okay with that?
What are the pros and cons, in your point of view, of job hopping?