The perils of job hopping
WORKERS in Singapore are among the most frequent job hoppers in the world.
A survey by human resource consultancy Hudson done at the end of 2013 showed that more than 70 per cent of employees would be willing to change jobs immediately, while 40 per cent of Singapore workers have changed jobs in the last two years.
The survey also revealed two key reasons why people want to leave their jobs: seeking stronger managerial leadership and higher pay.
Now that's truly a warning sign for employers in Singapore.
But does job hopping really help you improve your future? Before you plan on finding a new job, you need to know what risks you are taking.
Here are five reasons why job hopping is not always a good idea:
1. IT TAKES TIME TO GET USED TO A NEW ENVIRONMENT
The new company you are checking out might be in the same industry and the new job you are applying for might be in the same field. But every company is different.
Each company has a different management team and work processes. A new company will have a different corporate culture and a whole new set of people that you will have to learn to get along with.
Humans are remarkably adaptable, but we still need time to adapt to new environments. That process isn't always easy. You may end up regretting your decision to place yourself in a new environment.
I have known this since primary school: In each class, no matter how small it was, there would always be someone whom I had a difficult time getting along with. Everyone is different, and nowhere is this truer than in the workplace.
2. IT MIGHT TURN OUT TO BE A JOB THAT YOU DON'T REALLY LIKE
I haven't had too many different jobs, but I've learnt that a job description is never an accurate summary of what I'm supposed to do.
Just as you begin to settle down in a new environment, you are suddenly expected to do more than you bargained for. As every company has its own way of operating, don't be surprised if you're asked to do things you are not familiar with or, worse, things you don't even like to do.
You won't get to see the whole picture of your prospective job during the interview, and you can't be sure the new job will be better than the old one.
3. FREQUENT JOB HOPPERS LOSE CHANCES OF GETTING ANOTHER JOB
You may get a better salary each time you change jobs, but you will probably pay a price in the long term.
Many recruiters often screen out chronic job hoppers. In the digital age, it's easy for potential employers to dig up your work history. If you hop from one job to another every now and then, you might be killing your chance at another job.
4. YOU MAY NOT LEARN ANYTHING SUBSTANTIAL
In any role you are playing, you will need to make an effort to learn the new skills required to excel at a job. The learning curve can be steep in some roles. But if you leave a job too quickly, you won't be able to pick up a lot of work experience.
Well-established companies often have comprehensive training programmes, and they are willing to invest on new employees. But it's also natural for them to consider whether the investment will be worth their while.
Now imagine you are the one who's making that decision: Would you give the opportunity to someone who's more loyal, or someone who has changed jobs quite often in the past?
5. YOU GET A LIST OF PEOPLE WHO HATE YOU
When you leave a job, your old colleagues are left behind to take over your responsibilities. Even if there's a new person to fill your old position, he won't be able to take over everything immediately.
We all multitask at work, and sometimes we may feel tired of doing too many things at the same time. You can imagine how frustrating it is when someone who's already multitasking is asked to multitask even more because you resigned.
Also, you may not always be on good terms with your former boss after quitting your job. So, every time you resign, you may add a few new names to your list of potential enemies.
Your old colleagues can change jobs too, and who's to say you won't bump into them some day in the same workplace?
The writer is a staff writer at Get.com, a comparison website for financial products.
This article first appeared on Get.com.