How Job-Hopping Can Be Your Best Move
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Many Boomers have passed down the road map to success that includes few curves and very few stops. Loyalty and working at a company for decades was not only the norm, but the preferred outcome to ensuring security and advancement. For millennials, the journey can be diverse, with many pit stops along the way.

There was a time when constant job-hopping was said to be a major red flag for employers and recruiters, but Brazen Careerist writer Rebecca Thorman begs to differ.

With today’s young professional —living in a recessionary world that is fast-paced and tech-savvy—it’s not only a norm, but has its perks and benefits. Thorman offers the following reasons keeping it moving is not such a bad idea:

Job-hopping allows you to widen your choice of jobs, not narrow it. When you have more experience in a wide range of positions, you’ll be able to increase your skill set. As long as you’re comfortable and adept at describing your transferable skills, you can easily act as a chameleon and morph from your current position to your dream job.

However, if you don’t know what transferable skills are, you may need to stay put.

No need to impress people you’ve never met. Many people, primarily HR managers, warn against job-hopping so you can theoretically impress another HR manager in the future–one you haven’t met yet. Besides the fact that you probably won’t be on the same career path a few years from now, let alone in the same industry, there’s no reason to build your career around what HR managers want.

Instead, impress yourself. Keep your own commitments and promises, and you’ll be fine.

Read more at Brazen Careerist…

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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