Hello, I Must Be Going: Today's Job Hoppers Have No Time for a Gold Watch

Hello, I Must Be Going: Today's Job Hoppers Have No Time for a Gold Watch
From Recruiter - October 7, 2017

Your parents and grandparents likely had only a few jobs before settling in with one company until retirement. For you, thats probably not the case.

According to a PwC report, millennialsthose born between 1980 and 2000comprise a quarter of the workforce. They are the largest generation since the soon-to-retire baby boomers, and they have very different goalsfromprevious generations.

For example, moneyis not their highest priority.

(Wha-what? you say. Heresy! These younguns!)

More important tomillennials is that they have a true work/life balance; that they be inspired to grow personally and professionally; that they be productive, but not tied to the office for long hours; and that they feel a sense of purpose and are contributing to solutions instead of acting as small cogs in the largermachine.

These aspirational goals, though noble, are not the same as those of millennials parents and grandparents, who wanted the money, were okay working for The Man, and were willing (and expected) to stay as late as it took to get things done.

According to the PwC report, 38 percent of millennials who are currently working said they were actively looking for a different role, and 43 percent said they were open to offers. Only 18 percent expect to stay with their current employer for the long term.

Not long ago, job hopping was a bad thing, but the times, they are a-changin. A Wall Street Journal article cites U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 findings that workers aged 25-34 averaged three years at their employers, compared to 5.5 years for all employees over 25.

Regarding job hopping, the average hiring managerused to think, Whats wrong with this person who cant keep a job? How quickly will they leave me?A chronic short-termer will likely use me as a stepping stone, so is it worth taking that risk to hire them? If this person burns me, will the next one of their contemporaries be any better?


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