In this day and age, millenials are always seeking the next best thing. Unlike our parents who proudly say that they have spent 10 years at xyz company, young professionals are more interested in acquiring different experiences. The new mentality is to be able to touch different things in order to have a wider portfolio. This leads them to change jobs as often as they possibly can. However, it is important to analyze if doing so is a wise decision.
The amount of times you change jobs should be directly related to your personal and career goals. Depending on your sector of activities, job hopping can be viewed in different ways or from different perspectives. For creative jobs, it is more common to have multiple freelance gigs. Graphic designers for example, can allow themselves to work for different companies and still take on gigs. That does not mean that they are not serious about the job. It is just that doing this type of work allows them to have their hands in multiple places. In fact, some recruiters for creative positions are even looking for candidates who can take on different projects.
For some careers, changing jobs (unless for serious reasons) does not play in your advantage. In fact, some recruiters might even see you as being unstable and indecisive. This will even lead them to think that you are unreliable. If you are applying to be an assistant for example, your recruiter will want to feel that they can count on you for the long run.
The important thing is to have a balance. You want to have enough stable experiences to allow your recruiter to trust you but you also want to have enough experience to increase your chances of being hired for different positions.
Avoid changing jobs just for the sake of it.
Make sure you have valuable reasons to leave your current position. At the end of the day, you want take a great impression, not seem unreliable.
There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to how often you should change your job. It is up to you to make the necessary researches about the industry and how this will reflect on you.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints