Here’s How You Can Job-Hop Like A Pro
Not sure if there’s any good in switching jobs every couple of months? According to a survey by job site Indeed, one in six Singaporean employees believe that job-hopping helped them learn new skills and advanced their careers. And if you’re looking to do just that, you’ll need to know how to do it like a pro so things work in your favour. We got Paul Wolfe, Head of Global Human Resources at Indeed, to share six tips.
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1. Rethink your resume
Get out of the confines of traditional resumes. Instead of listing your work experience in a chronological order, highlight your experience by categorising it under different skills sets instead.
For example, marketing experts can group their skills under “marketing”, “digital communication” and “social media”. This way, you draw attention to notable achievements in past gigs, and put the focus on your expertise. Where you cut your professional teeth is really less important.
Bonus Tip: Provide your recruiter with an editable copy of your resume. It should ideally be easy to copy/paste from. Many companies have an anonymising policy in place to prevent discrimination, so they may need to reformat your resume to omit your personal information.
2. Don't include everything
“Many job seekers think that they have to include every single job on their resume. But they don’t,” says Paul.
By only including jobs that are relevant to the position you’re applying for, you won’t seem to have job-hopped as much. So if you’re applying for a teaching position at a school, you don’t need to include information about unrelated roles or internships from ten years ago.
3. Know your reasons
Come to your interview prepared to answer any questions the employer may have about your job-hopping history. If you left the previous company because your skill sets weren’t suited for your position, say something along the lines of, “I felt my skills and abilities weren’t utilised to their fullest.”
Alternatively, you can tell them more about the responsibilities and job scope you are looking for by explaining the career growth you hope to achieve. Just don’t be defensive about changing jobs too often or try to place blame. Explain the facts honestly and accurately.
4. Always behave professionally
Your professional reputation is the biggest asset you’ll have in your career. So even if you plan to leave your job soon, make sure you do so on a professional note. This means doing a proper handover, following through on pending tasks and completing all official procedures required. And no bad-mouthing your boss!
Leaving on a professional note ensures that you’ll always have a network of contacts to fall back on when you need a new partner, referral, client, or even an employee in the future.
5. Build your personal brand
An employer’s impression of you as a candidate doesn’t start at the interview, but by what they find when they Google you, so making sure there is no incriminating online evidence from your last birthday party is a no-brainer.
However, you should also take this as an opportunity to impress your potential employer by showcasing your professional persona online. Share updates from companies and articles by business leaders you admire to highlight your perspective on work-related issues—this can go a long way in proving your commitment to your career.
6. Pursue your passion
“Before jumping from one job to another, it’s important to first take a step back,” says Paul. “Ask yourself important questions such as “What do I care about?’ or ‘What will make me feel professionally satisfied?'”
It’s important that you seek out work that you are passionate about. If you’re jumping from one job to another aimlessly, you’re going to end up feeling dissatisfied and might even stall your entire career.