You started at the bottom and climbed your way up the ladder. You now have a high-paying, well-respected position with the company that gave you your first break two decades ago.
That scenario is a thing of the past.
In today's job market, the average number of jobs a person has is eight. In fact, Generation Y is more likely to have frequent job changes early in their career because they are searching for their dream job, they don't feel fulfilled at their current position or they aren't the right fit.
Most employers still frown upon constant job hopping. When a young professional changes jobs every two or three years (sometimes less) they may be viewed as unstable, unreliable and a risk. But job hopping can be used to your advantage.
Here are four ways to put a positive spin on your constant job changes.
Once you get the interview, here are four tips to keep in mind when discussing your job changes.
1. Explain your job changes ONLY if the hiring manager asks you. There is no need to volunteer the information if they were never planning on addressing it (and sometimes they don't).
2. If it needs to be addressed, don't lie about your rapid career changes. It will come back to bite you.
3. Even if you had an awful experience at your previous employment, avoid bashing your former boss or company.
4. If you were laid off more than once, just say so. Hiring managers understand about cutbacks and consolidations. It's nothing to feel ashamed about.
Job hopping today has nowhere near the negative connotation is once had, so just be honest about your career history.
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