TAP In with Tristan : Addressing Job Hopping with Recruiters

Tristan discusses how you can address job-hopping with recruiters. If you find yourself in a place where you need to explain your job-hopping to a recruiter, work on filling in the gaps and making them feel comfortable with you!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, I want to discuss how you can address job-hopping with recruiters.

Many people, especially millennials and Gen-Zers, have ended up job-hopping for various reasons. Maybe you were looking for better pay, or the work culture was terrible; no matter the reason, this can be a red flag for recruiters. Recruiters believe that your previous behaviors are the best indicators of your future behavior; that’s why they conduct behavioral-based interviews. So keeping with that logic, they’re concerned that if they hire you, you’re going to leave the company 6 months later because that’s been the pattern in your work history. According to The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), on average, it costs a company 6 to 9 months of an employee’s salary to replace them, so they are trying to reduce the odds of this happening.

So if you find yourself in a place where you need to explain your job-hopping to a recruiter, work on filling in the gaps and making them feel comfortable with you.

Start by reflecting on each of your jobs to understand what you experienced, what you learned, what skills you gained, and what made you leave your job or, better yet, what opportunity was at the next job?

From there, you’ll want to walk the recruiter through what you learned and how you learned even more at the next job. When you get to your current role, you want to say something like, “Each of these opportunities has provided me with clarity on what I want in a job and the value I can bring to a company, which is why I’m seeking a company where I can have longevity. I firmly believe that my journey has brought me to this moment and provided me with all the experience I need to stay here and create results.”

This type of response will give recruiters the reassurance they need to move past your job-hopping background and help you land your next job.

If you aren’t sure how to sum up your experiences, what you learned, and the skills you gained throughout your job-hopping experience, I would suggest you book some time with a career coach like myself to help you navigate that and create a more personalized response.

This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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