A millennial’s biggest fear – looking like a job hopper. Well, one of their biggest fears anyway. A job hopper is someone who only spends a small amount of time with a company and then switches on to the next thing. Their resume has quite a few jobs listed, but not a lot of time spent at each job. So it can look like that person can’t commit and might not be considered for the new job they are looking at.
I’m sure this has been a problem before millennials, but it was much less common. The work force has changed so much from when my parents first started out. You would get a job with a company and stay there and grow. There was better pay, upward mobility, and a culture of commitment.
I’m not saying millennials can’t commit, I’m saying things are much different now. I left my first job after 6 months and was so afraid it was going to hurt me in the long run. But I left because that job, that required a college degree, was paying me $12 an hour. It wasn’t sustainable, there was nowhere for me to grow in the company. Even though I had just been switched from part time to full, it was clear to me that while I gained good experience, I needed a new job.
And these are things people my age face every time they get a job. They get a job and learn that there’s major turnaround in the company and no one ever trains them. They get a job because they’re desperate and the pay isn’t that great. They get a job and see that no one ever leaves the company so there’s no upward mobility in sight.
There are so many valid reasons to leave a job before a year is up. I’m sure some people even feel bad leaving before two years, three years, or even five years! But it’s all circumstantial and now that the workforce has changed so much, I think being a job hopper is just common. But because it is, I would urge most young people to think long and hard about accepting a job offer. You should want to see yourself for years, trust me, it’s much better to find comfort within the same company than it is to start over all the time.