Back in the day, it was expected that workers would begin and end their professional careers with the same company. Jumping around from job to job was rare, and often seen as disloyal.
As the practice of switching jobs every few years becomes more common, especially among millennials, employers are taking fewer objections to it, and many even see the value of gaining a variety of skills and experiences from different opportunities. But holding too many positions in too short a time may raise a red flag for hiring managers.
If your resume has zigged more than zagged, you need a good answer to, “Why have you changed jobs so often?”
Here’s are some ways to approach it:
Explain why you made each move and how each one helped you in your career. For example, did you get to use newer technology, work on more high-profile projects or take on additional responsibilities?
Remember to ditch the excuses. You will not be helping yourself by walking your interviewer through your entire career saga in hopes of convincing him or her that you are justified to make the career moves you made.
In most cases, the type of job hopper employers are wary of is one who moves around in the same industry, taking the same position or job level over and over again. However, if your job changes reflect career advancement or a brand-new field, a hiring manager will likely be receptive to hearing about the diverse skill set you’ve gained from your experiences.
Be honest. We don’t always get to choose when we change jobs. The focus in your conversations with your potential employers should always be on the future: what you, based on the full picture of your career, can do for them.