Trying to move up the ladder? Are you switching jobs too much?

Switching jobs too frequently can be detrimental to your career; however, this does not mean you have to keep the same job forever. Switching jobs the correct way — and with the proper amount time — can lead to building a truly enjoyable career. It could also increase how much money you earn.

The age of working for the same business from around the time when you graduate until the time that you retire is gone. Nowadays, employees switch from one job to another regularly. Workers born from 1957 to 1964, as an example, had an avg. of about 11.9 jobs between the ages of 18 to 50, per a report done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Younger employees appear to be even more interested in regularly switching jobs. When the firm Robert Half , a global staffing company, polled working professional of every age who held a college degree, the firm discovered that about 64 percent think that changing roles every few years can be beneficial. Those who responded to the survey claimed that a higher salary was the most important potential benefit.

There’s a lot to say for not wasting your life away in a role that doesn’t fit you anymore. And, it’s true that switching jobs could yield more earnings. The raises that workers who stay in jobs tend to receive are usually about three percent more than the previous year’s salary. After changing jobs, you could possibly benefit from a much larger increase in pay.) However, moving around from job to job too much can impact your career negatively. So, it’s important to switch jobs in a careful and strategic manner.

If you’re concerned that you switch jobs too much — or don’t switch frequently enough…then here’s some indications regarding job switching to look for in your career.

1. The Jobs You’ve Held Are Scattered All Over

When you examine your resume, does it feel like a list of jobs that is scattered from one place to an unrelated place then to a completely different type of job all over again? If that’s the case, you might be switching jobs too quickly. Your professional history should paint a clear picture of you. Your CV should tell a story, even if it doesn’t show a linear progression up the corporate ladder.

If a lot of your jobs have involved moving from one unrelated field to a different unrelated field, then this could send a message to employers that you don’t know what you want to do yet in life. It’s PERFECTLY FINE to not know yet what you want to do with your life. Hiring managers will be hesitant if you make big changes every time you find another job. You don’t need to know right this moment what you want to do. You only need to know if you want to move up the ladder in your career.

2. You Don’t Progress Forward in Your Career

In an ideal situation, you switch to a different job after you encounter an opportunity to take a job that is better than your current one in terms of pay and responsibility. If forward movement the story of your work history, this could be viewed as a red flag to those you want to hire you.

It’s not the end of the world if you have zig zags (such as lateral moves) and/or gaps (such as leaving to raise kids). The goal is to have a resume with advancement in a career field and/or organization(s). Otherwise, your history of hopping from one job to the next hinder your advancement in the future.

3. You Don’t Have a Passion for Your Work

When you are working on a project for your job, do you feel enthusiastic about it? If that’s often the case, then it could be a sign. If you want to excel in your career and move up the ladder, it helps to have a job that excites you. If you’re regularly switching jobs because you’re bored at your role, then the fact that you’re bored is a sign that you could be switching too frequently.

4. You Only Stay in a Role for Months Instead of Years

It’s one thing to switch after several years to earn more money, learn new skills, and/or take on a fresh challenge. It’s another thing when you haven’t even been there long enough to fully learn the position, and employers will see this as a red flag. Recruiters will question whether you will do this to their company.

4. You Don’t Appear to Focus on the Long Term

You career is more like a marathon and not a sprint. People who hop from one job to the next too quickly tend to be focused on making short-term gains, instead of looking at the long-term career goals in the big picture. This could be to the detriment of your career. One example would be that your resume shows working at a couple of start-ups that didn’t succeed and fizzled out of existence. Or, perhaps you were part of an organization of which not a lot of people have heard. Companies would rather not see a career history like this. Steady, consistent advances in career are preferred. It demonstrates to an employer that you value sustained, hard work.

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