There used to be a stigma against people who were termed “job hoppers.” But today’s job market has meant people switch jobs more frequently. As we become more dependent on mobile technology and work locations and hours are more flexible, job openings have also evolved. While you can find yourself in a new job that doesn’t suit you, job hopping can also benefit your career. Here’s how.
Learn New Things
When you take a new job, consider it a learning experience. There are few better ways to learn new skills than on the job. You’ll get hands-on experience that you can parlay into other jobs in the future. Even if you intend to stick around in one position, being open to learning is one of the best traits you can exhibit.
Improve Soft Skills
You can learn hard skills like how to weld or use a machine. Soft skills are more often about specific traits such as communication styles, organizational abilities, and empathy. You can improve your soft skills when you work in a new situation.
Get Paid More
It’s been demonstrated that most people can get a 10 to 15% raise in salary just by transitioning to a new employer. While many companies offer regular raises based on tenure or promotions, they are usually only 3 to 5% more.
Expand Your Network
Every job you’ve had becomes a part of your network. That means the people you’ve worked with who have left are also part of your network. When you do move positions, you’re expanding your network exponentially. You never know where a job opportunity can come from, so make sure to maintain these connections.
Learn What You Like
Of course, the best possible reason to switch jobs is to learn what you like. If you take a new job and it doesn’t turn out to be a good match for you, there is no good reason to stick it out. It neither helps you nor your employer. Even long-term jobs can give you insight into what you enjoy doing most.
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