It’s a tough market for ‘Job Hoppers’.

 Roseanne Stockton of Nu-Recruit advising on job hopping

Forgive the Recruiting jargon, but we do all know what a “job Hopper” is don’t we? Years ago it wasn’t really on my radar but over the past couple of years – it really is. And this year – WOW…they’re the buzz words of the year.

To clarify before I begin, I don’t mean Temps (or Fixed Term Contracts). Temping is BRILLIANT & it’s absolutely valued on CV’s. You start a role thrown in at the deep end & you end it when you’re supposed to & all parties leave happy & knowing that was always the result. And of course, you sometimes start a role expecting it to be a week or so & it goes permanent. Who knew?

So it’s candidates / employees / applicants that leave the odd permanent job here & there  – in quick succession & usually of their own volition I’m blogging about.

I see candidates that have started roles & left for various reasons: the travelling got too much, they were promised promotion but didn’t get it or the job just didn’t turn out as planned. The job changed, the Boss moved…you get more money on ‘topped up benefits’ than working. I’ve heard them all & reading this you possibly have too.  Indeed – it’s probably happened to you. But, however much I can nod in interview & say ‘I hear ya’, in this market, out ‘there’ it doesn’t seem to matter.

Fact is I am really struggling placing those candidates that chop & change jobs. At whatever level & for whatever reason. The market has gone so very conservative! And employers can pick & choose. They really can.

If you’ve walked out of jobs into others & that’s caused 5 or 6 job moves in 3 years? Clients are just countenancing such moves.

And if you resign with no job to go to, though you know your reasons are valid & sane, we often don’t! Clients just go all scared & run in the opposite candidate direction.

And I’m not only writing this blog to draw attention to the issues I’m having with job hoppers, I listen to the way candidates justify the reasons & that seems to be becoming more & more pointless. Clients aren’t interested & I sit through occasional interviews really trying to work out how to repeat what you’re telling me into how I tell the client. You’ve squared it in your own mind, but believe me, sometimes I can’t quite get it in my mind quite that easily.

It all goes back to accepting a job only & if you want it. Tough I know when a job is a job. But further down the line, just be aware, skipping & hopping through many of them will come back to haunt you & make you a less attractive candidate.

Make your decisions wisely!

I’m Roseanne Stockton & I successfully run Nu-Recruit Career Consultants – I place permanent & temporary candidates of the very best quality into great local employers & jobs in Liverpool, Chester, Wirral & Manchester. In a no-fuss, no nonsense way.

And I love what I do.

Call me if you think my experience will help you get the best candidate for your job! And please feel free comment on my Blog…..



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