Results of the survey show that employers are less concerned about job-hopping (i.e., working for various employers for a short period of time), with 55% of employers saying they have hired a job-hopper and 32% saying they now expect workers to job-hop.
“More workers are pursuing opportunities with various companies to expose themselves to a wider range of experiences, build their skill sets, or take a step up the ladder in pay or title,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, based in Chicago.
While building up a wealth of experience is a good thing, says Haefner, a worker needs to ensure they are staying with a company long enough to make an impact, as well as providing a return on the investment that the company’s made in that worker.
The survey results show that by the age of 35, 25% of workers have held five jobs or more. For workers ages 55 and older, 20% have held 10 jobs or more.
And while employers may now be more accepting of job-hoppers, their expectations still tend to vary based on the candidate’s age. Forty-one percent of employers said that job-hopping becomes less acceptable when a worker reaches their early to mid-30s. Twenty-eight percent find job-hopping less acceptable after the age of 40.
Employers expect a higher rate of job-hopping among younger workers who are still trying to find their footing for their long-term career, according the survey findings. When hiring a new college graduate, 45% of employers expect the new hire to stay with the organization for two years or less, while 27% of employers expect new graduates to stay five years or longer.
In terms of industries where job-hopping is most frequent, the list includes:
- Information technology (42%);
- Leisure and hospitality (41%);
- Transportation (37%);
- Retail (36%); and
- Manufacturing (32%).
Some employers see advantages to hiring people who have worked for numerous companies. More than half (53%) of employers said job-hoppers tend to have a wide range of expertise and can adapt quickly (51%). However, a significant number of employers (43%) will not consider a job candidate who has had short tenures with several employers.
Overall, employers who say they have hired a job-hopper (55%), find that such workers left their company after a tenure of:
- A short period of time (34%);
- At least two years (40%);
- At least three years (17%).
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll, on behalf of CareerBuilder, among 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,022 full-time workers ages 18 and over. The survey took place between February 10 and March 4.
CareerBuilder is a provider of human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. For more information, visit http://www.careerbuilder.com.