Ask Vicki: Is it more acceptable to switch jobs more frequently?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi offers advice to job hoppers looking to make their next move.
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Q. Is it more acceptable to switch jobs more frequently?
A. Yes, definitely. Prior to the recession, as a corporate recruiter, if I looked at the resume of a job hopper (someone who is at a job for fewer than two years, or someone who is constantly bouncing from job to job), I immediately rejected them. Now? Not so much.
That said, it depends how you define “frequently.” Jumping from a job after less than a year is unacceptable, so consistent six- to 12-month job-hopping would still raise a red flag. But it’s acceptable if you’re in a job for two years and then move to another job for two years. In fact, it’s in your best interest to move around every few years. Leverage each job as an opportunity to build relationships and gain valuable skills, then boost your salary each time you move to a new job.
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