Company loyalty just isn’t what it used to be. Incentives such as pensions and loyalty perks are slowly diminishing, and cropping up in their place are negative events like downsizing, company mergers and corporate takeovers. Little wonder that once-enthusiastic employees feel less loyalty towards their employers, or less secure in their jobs. If this describes your situation, you need to ask yourself if your frustration, disdain, or other factors are getting in the way of staying put in an otherwise lucrative company position. Are your career moves harming your reputation as a valuable employee? Here are a few signs that your career changes in your past have done more harm than good, and that you may be permanently branded to future employers as an undesirable job hopper.
1. A Resume Chock-full of 1-2 Year Job Stints
This is the most obvious clue that you may be a job hopper. Whatever the excuse, you end up leaving a job after only being there a short amount of time. While your personal reasons for leaving the company may be valid, with each job you leave prematurely, the more you implicate yourself as an undependable employee who is either unwilling or unable to stick it out.
2. It’s Always Them, Not You
Do you always find an excuse that gets you off the hook with the last job you held? Are you always rationalizing to yourself, your friends, and to your next job interviewer that the work was just too challenging, or not challenging enough? Was the salary inadequate, or were your co-workers or bosses too difficult to work with? Are there a myriad of other excuses you consistently use when you inevitably leave a job soon after being hired? Whether your job choices are just bad planning or a type of self-sabotage, you’ve got to own up to the responsibility that it was ultimately your decision that landed you the job in the first place. Figure out why you’re in the job cycle you’re in, and make the necessary efforts to change it.
3. Idealized Views on Finding That Perfect Job
How realistic are you about your skills, assets, experience, and your place in the job market? Are you choosing jobs that you are either underqualified or overqualified for, operating on instinct or an erroneous belief about what the perfect position and opportunity for you might be? If no job is ever good enough, if you constantly find yourself landing jobs which you quickly realize are poor matches, you will want to reassess your views on the job market and your place, and hirability, in it.
4. Consistently “Bored” After a Few Months on a Job
Do you typically have high expectations regarding new jobs, only to quickly realize that you are already bored with the position? Whether you choose job offers that do not challenge you enough, or which you expect to be much different than they turn out to be, you are using the excuse of boredom to cover up a larger issue. Either you do not know yourself well enough as it relates to the job market, or you do not understand the job requirements and descriptions, or you are uncomfortable making a longer term commitment to any company or position. Whatever the case may be, once you have pinpointed your particular issue, you can take the necessary steps to improve it.