Why Are More Cleared Candidates Job Hopping?

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A recent ClearanceJobs survey found 69 percent of cleared employers surveyed are likely to hire someone who has changed jobs in the past year.

A separate survey of candidates found 47 percent of cleared candidates surveyed have been in their jobs less than 3 years.

The term ‘job hopping’ used to be an industry term for candidates who failed to stay in one job for long. Now it’s the new normal.

Whether you call it ‘independent contracting’ the ‘gig economy’ ‘flex work’ or ‘freelance’ today’s work environment is different. Flexibility is an increasingly important benefit for many candidates. Individuals are also much less likely to feel allegiance to the company they’re working for, but are more likely to attach significance to the mission behind their work, or their individual skills.

Some credit millennials for today’s job hopping trends. Millennials currently make up one third of the workforce, and are projected to be at nearly 50 percent by 2020. Millennials aren’t entry-level workers anymore, either. They currently make up a quarter of all managers in the workforce.

Ninety-one percent of millennials expect to stay in a job less than three years, according to a recent survey. And while baby boomers looked for things like stability, benefits, and family time, millennials cite happiness and fulfillment as key workplace motivators. Another factor helping millennials take control of their careers? They’re well connected – and they’re able to use those connections to network their way into a new position.

When Job Hopping Isn’t the Answer

Is job hopping for everyone? Career experts still advise job seekers to look for a position they can keep. And if you do spend years hopping, you need to get your story straight. Pursuing a new skill or passion is a good reason to job hop. Getting bored isn’t.

“If you have a lot of shorter-term jobs on your resume, you need to have good story for the hiring manager about why you’ve hopped around,” said Lisa Quast, a certified career coach and author.

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Lindy Kyzer is the editor of ClearanceJobs.com. She loves the NISPPAC, social media, and the U.S. military. Have a conference, tip, or story idea to share? Email lindy.kyzer@clearancejobs.com. Interested in writing for ClearanceJobs.com? Learn more here.

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