What is a Job Hopper?
You have heard the term “job hopper” used for many years. It is a name given to people who switch jobs often. But who is considered a job hopper in today’s world and has the term changed recently due to the economy and recent job losses.
Over the past ten years recruiters typically use a general rule of thumb when considering job stability. The rule of thumb is no more than three jobs in ten years. If you have had more than three jobs in ten years then additional information is necessary to find out the reasoning behind the job changes.
With the recent lay-offs experienced in every industry, this rule of thumb is not as crucial as it has been in the past. However, it is still important for jobseekers to be able to provide documentation to potential employers if it is requested. If you are being downsized, remember to ask your employer for a letter explaining that this was not due to poor performance.