Is job-hopping affecting your job application? Plus, what you can do about it…

Job-hopping is a very common career trait among my clients. Some potential employers see this is as a red flag when assessing your resume, so it is important that we understand why this happens. This is something that we can help you with. More often than not, the reason behind your job-hopping is to do with internal patterns you subconsciously create for yourself. Read on to find out how to identify these patterns, and what you can do to improve your chances of landing that dream job…

First, what is job-hopping?

Job-hopping occurs when you only stay in a job for a short amount of time. If you find yourself jumping from one job to the next and you are always on the hunt for the next opportunity… chances are, you are a job-hopper.

Some common traits of job-hoppers are:

  • a very ‘full’ resume
  • surface-level experience
  • lacking clarity in career goals
  • a constant feeling of being unsettled at work

So, how could job-hopping affect your application?

It is true that some job-hopping cannot be helped. We may find ourselves in a situation that we aren’t expecting, or maybe we are promised the world in an interview and soon find that the wool has been pulled over our eyes.

However it happens, a history of job-hopping is generally an undesirable trait on a resume. Employers like to dream up their own stories and make assumptions about why you can’t ‘hold down a job.’

On top of this, being a job-hopper can also affect your ability to enjoy your work. How? Well, if you are unclear about your career goals and have a history of short stays, there’s a strong chance that you are constantly looking for reasons to jump ship. Not only that, but you are more likely to continue to find yourself in similar roles.

What can you do to stop this?

It’s time to take a look from the outside in…

  1. What is your pattern? If you can begin to identify the WHY behind your job-hopping, you can take steps to fix it. Are you going for the wrong industry? The wrong type of management? Big businesses instead of small?
  2. What is it that you REALLY want? A supportive boss? A friendly team environment? The autonomy to make the role your own? Find that intention and go for it.
  3. Ask questions. Once you’ve identified your pattern and objective, you MUST ask the right questions in your next interview. For example, “what is the management style at Company XYZ?” If you are able to find out what an ordinary day may look like in your new role BEFORE you accept it, you will give yourself time to evaluate the position. Is this the right fit?

Next career steps…

So, do you think you’re a job-hopper? If you’re concerned about it affecting your applications… take a moment to assess your patterns and identify what it is that you really want in your next role. What will keep you there for years to come?

And if you’re unsure of how you’ll answer an interviewer’s questions, or you don’t know how to appropriately word your job-hopping past on your resume…

Jump on a free 20-minute CareerCall with one of our experts. We can help you move forward in your career, assist you in developing stronger job searching techniques, and stop your job-hopping patterns in their tracks!



The 3 Things you MUST have in order to secure an interview… besides a Resume

When you are selling yourself on paper into a role, it’s not easy. Writing something about yourself that is powerful, persuasive and intriguing isn’t for the faint-hearted.

Hearing Crickets back from applications is extremely disheartening but most people look at the Resume as being the problem.

But today I wanted to share with you the 3 MUST have’s to secure that job interview, besides a kickass Resume.

#1 – Know where the train is headed

All aboard the Hogwarts express! I know what you’re thinking, what are you talking about? Well, let me explain.

When HR or recruiter is looking over your Resume they become the reader.

And a reader is who you are trying to impress or sell your story too.

When you write your resume and apply for jobs you need to know what type of roles you want and for which companies, that way you can write the right words on the paper.

Just imagine JK Rowling trying to sell her story to men and women who liked documentaries or science-based genres.

They wouldn’t be the right audience and her words wouldn’t suit the reader’s goals or expectations, which equals zero successful outcomes.

Instead, she writes from the heart and knows who they are and what they want.

Because of that… they are hooked. They must know more…

Okay, I know a Resume is hardly a Harry Potter Adventure.

But dragons or not, you still need to engage your reader and by knowing what you want so you can impress and create a need to meet with you.

Increase chances… here you come!

Need some help to know what you want or need a complete career change click here for some hot tips.

#2 – Think outside the box with job searching

Everybody is trying to fit inside the box… you know the one I mean right?

SEEK of course. The number 1 platform for landing a job. And don;t get me wrong, it’s a very powerful tool but if this is your only source of applications, well my friend you are in for a longgggg job searching process.

The reason it will take so long is that over 1.5 million people search seek every month and each application can have between 100-500 applications at one time.

Let’s be honest, even the best HR staff don’t have that much time.

Therefore, it’s pretty hard to stand out, even with a great Resume!

Do some homework and start brainstorming where-else you could find jobs, getting talking to people and start thinking of how you can be unique in a sea of applications.

If you would like more help with this click here to chat with our team and unlock our Job Searching secrets to save you the hassle.

#3 – Resilience

The job searching process takes TIME. I had a client come to me the other day so frustrated that he couldn’t find a job… it had been 3 weeks.

Yes, he needed a job but these things take time. You have to apply for jobs and keep applying.

If you aren’t hearing back you need to reassess the 2 points above plus your Resume.

To check it’s not your Resume holding you back click here and download our Resume essentials guide.

Then get your mindset in a healthy place. Because the job searching world isn’t easy and can be disheartening.

You MUST keep going, be resilient and do the strategies that work. You got this 🙂

If you need any help or want to ask questions on how we can best serve you to make your career goal a reality…

Take advantage of one of our free consult slots, reserved just for people like yourself who are serious about getting results, without the fluff… book in today by clicking here.

Hope this helps

Kate & team

KLCC – Career Specialists

07 5322 4086

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