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Unfortunately, the lay offs of the late seventies and early eighties was the proverbial nail in the coffin in killing off this contract. I truly believe that employees want to make a difference and bring added value to themselves and the company but I can understand why nobody wants to really commit themselves for the long haul. Generally though, I seemed to be in employment for at least 45 weeks a year so it was only when we relocated to a different area that a permanent position was achieved.

Going from job to job every few months shows a great deal of instability and I would NEVER hire someone who moves constantly. It also costs money, time, and resources to train new hires every few months.

When you see for example accountants or financial analysts or middle managers moving from a company, you better keep your head up and watch what is going on. Typical dumb-downed article of a dumb-downed society. Recruiters and hiring managers that hire job hoppers do not see the big picture. Go ahead, call me archaic but the rules of economics and self interest will always prevail.

When I was in a hiring position of workers underneath me, I never gave job hoppers a second look. I would always hire someone who is stable enough and smart enough where I can train them and not have to worry about them jumping ship. The ones that were stable always made up for the lack of experience. Now I understand there are extenuating circumstances and that recent job change can be unavoidable.

I can usually see in this in the resume. But there is an obvious problem when someone has worked at five different places in the past two or three years. I wish corporate America could go back during an age where things made sense and hiring managers recruited educated and bright folks and train them for a future with the company then to succumb to this fly by night way of doing business.

I think you should read the article again as the author backs up his ideas with evidence and some very sound logic. The world is changing and the way we view people who move for a better opportunity needs to be considered. Note that the author does not say hire every job hopper only the star performers. Judging only by a resume can also not provide an accurate enough picture of the reasons why the person may have jumped. I once interviewed someone who had 4 jobs in 4 years and every move was due to circumstances beyond their control, such as one company relocating, 2 closed and one had a no talking policy — no I am serious — no talking in the office —never explained to her before she joined.

She did her best but one year was more than enough. I take the opposite view. When I come into a big company, I often see these people who have been at the same jobs for 5, 10, 20 years or more. You sir, are part of the reason people job hop. Just as you mentioned — you ARE stuck in archaic way of thinking.

I find it amusing and extremely short sighted that you refuse to even consider there could be value in someone that job hops.

The more I push and reward them — the better they do, and the more goals we achieve. Since health care is a top priority now, being blue collar with skills does give you an advantage, and if you are being treated like crap at your present job find another one. I am 51 yrs. Also these are the same people who are always correct and never make a mistake.

But setting that aside…. The reality is that the business of work is changing—and changing quickly. As the Boomer generation exits the workplace and the Generation X, Y and Zers take positions of more prominence, things will change. One of my responsibilities has been recruiting STEM students. They are being told in college that they should plan on changing employers every 2 years or so in order to advance their careers, so that is the expectation and plan with which they are entering the workforce.

My grandfather only worked for one company his entire life—he started at age 14 and retired there. Those days are over in the modern economy, particularly when, as the article indicates, the first place employers go to improve the bottom line is to cut payroll costs and thus employees.

That also happens to be their legal obligation if they are a for-profit business. There are exceptions, of course, but they are the exception. Our culture and its priorities change. This is what the world of business has wrought upon itself, and the sooner business leaders get their heads out of the sand to the new reality that they have themselves created and start planning for the consequences, the better prepared they can be to adapt and be successful.

You brought up all excellent points. So got another offer, the boss let me leave at the end of the week and am hopping again to help out another organisation.

Now i get more money, more freedom, and I learn new skills in every contract. Being a contractor or freelancer is the best thing that has happened to me. It suits me to a T!? There is a distinct difference between a few bumps in the road and a pattern of job hoping. People are patterns and job hoppers do continue to hop. Why it keeps happening? Moving from the stability of unionized public sector to the volatility of the on your own private sector.

Points 2 and 5 are valid. The rest, not so much. To all of you who are arguing in the comments section: Read the entire resume. Do a telephone interview. Then, invite them to an in-person interview, if you feel they may be qualified. Then, in the in-person interview, do the same thing.

You may want to practice this in front of the mirror or with a friend. It may just get you the employee you want. If the company is only going to be looking out for the company then the employee will only be looking out for the employee.

As a technical tech support contractor hired through a staffing agency to the best of my knowledge short term jobs have never had a negative impact. However gaps in employment of 1 year or more can raise questions.

The friction it causes me, my family and my employer is not good but somehow I have to get through life and raise my daughter as best I can. And your interpretation of that is to send me what looks like a wedding invitation by writing the whole thing in italics. Incidentally, I received a couple of cover letters in all caps. This is good advice; please take it. One of the resumes I got spanned twelve pages. All I can say to you is: Racy email addresses or voicemail recordings.

In the course of writing this article I made three spelling mistakes and several punctuation errors. Truth be told, I have no clue what the formal rules are regarding when and where to use commas.

Many in consulting and temporary assignments are offered short-term projects. One way to handle this is to pull all these experiences together into one pool on your resume.

An employer will view all the individual experiences and temporary assignments — and its significance in furthering your career experiences — as a whole. Rather than listing the specific month and year you were employed with an employer, indicate only the year. It can appear less obvious that you were only on the job for 16 months, and appear more like two years.

There is little you can do to change the amount of time you were on certain jobs, but what you can do is divert the focus to your contributions and accomplishments on the job. Even if you were on the job for under a year, highlight significant contributions you made to show outstanding performance on the job.

Employers care about and are impressed by candidates good at what they do and who are effective on the job; even if you only had a short period of time in the role.

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