Job Hopping. How To Explain Job Hopping On Your Resume.


They’ve barely been born, yet one in four Millennials say they’ll leave their current job within a year. Does this mean they are job hopping? And if so, how do you explain job hopping on your resume?


An article in Business Insider today revealed that Deloitte had reached out to nearly 7,700 young professionals in 29 countries for its fifth annual Global Millennials survey and thinks it has nailed down a key reason for why they job-hop, and one strategy for how employers can hold onto them longer. So if that many are thinking of leaving their jobs, are they job hopping?


What is Job Hopping?


Job hopping is typically understood to mean when you move from one company to the next every one to two years, have done it multiple times, and the reason for each move is due to something other than a layoff or company closing.


Back to Deloitte’s research.


Two-thirds of millennials plan to leave their current organisation by 2020. A quarter see themselves elsewhere within the next year.

While you could argue that young workers have always been inclined to job hop (and millennials are less inclined to do so), their reasons for restlessness may have changed.

Young workers’ latest gripe? Insufficient opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

That’s according to the fifth annual Global Millennials survey, cited on Bloomberg, for which Deloitte reached out to nearly 7,700 working college-educated professionals in 29 countries.

As many as 63% of respondents said their leadership skills are not being fully developed.

And it seems to be a key reason behind their willingness to leave: While 71% of those likely to leave in the next two years are dissatisfied with how their leadership skills are being developed, that number drops to 54% among those who are planning to stay beyond 2020.

As Punit Renjen, chief executive officer of Deloitte Global, told Bloomberg, young workers’ pursuit of leadership skills even at the expense of switching jobs is a new phenomenon.

Perhaps it has something to do with the recent trend of flattening organisations, which was highlighted recently in The Washington Post. In an effort to cut costs, organisations have removed levels of bureaucracy, which means there’s not much of a corporate ladder to climb anymore.

“The biggest driver of disengagement is people feeling like they’re stuck in a job, and there’s nothing for them there,” one expert told The Post. “It’s easier to quit your company and find a new job than find a new job within your own company.”

Restoring some semblance of a corporate ladder may require a good deal of structural reorganization. In the meantime, managers can take small steps to help their employees develop into leadership positions.

The Wall Street Journal recommends creating mentoring programs in which workers are paired with more senior employees at their company. You can also rotate your employees through different jobs, so they gain new knowledge and expertise.

As for individual employees, US News & World Report suggests being proactive instead of waiting for a leadership position to open up.

If you work for a large company, you can speak to someone in human resources and ask what you should be learning to reach the next level. You can also volunteer to take charge of a particular project, so that management recognises your capabilities.


So how to explain job hopping on your resume?


Firstly, it’s not all bad news.  You can read here about the pros and cons of job hopping. Job hopping is replacing the concept of climbing the corporate ladder, and with an increase in workers doing shorter contract work by choice, things aren’t all that bad as far as options for explaining (or illustrating) your job hopping on your resume.

A typical approach taken by CV Saviour is to remove career chronology from the first couple of pages of a resume, and rather focus this space on specific projects, or highlight career successes  and achievements without detailing them under a specific job. The career chronology can then be moved to the final page of the resume, with detail of job title, tenure, reporting lines and a company and role overview.

There is no need to explain WHY you left a job in your resume these days (leave that for the interview, and only if you are asked).


(updated 2021)

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