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Woe to be a Jobhopper...

Lately, i have been checking out a lot of recruitment related material such as blog posts and twitter feeds.  See my previous post ‘Raven rants regarding recruiters..’  According to the articles i've been reading, I am a 'Jobhopper'....  Perhaps, I should form a support group.. maybe JA (Jobhoppers Anonymous).  My opening statement would be ‘Hi, I’m Raven and I’m a Jobhopper!’  They say the first step is admitting you have a problem… Well, Huston, we have a problem….


There are many reasons why someone like me leaves jobs…the main one usually is ‘dissatisfaction with the work/workplace/people/culture/etc…’  Sometimes the job just comes to an end, sometimes I end it and sometimes the employer ends it. I take responsibility for my decisions, but for me at the time they were the right ones no matter the outcome.  I do not like walking into work everyday and hating it… I want a job that has some sense of satisfaction but they rarely do.  Is that sooo BAD??!!!  Maybe, it's a case of 'grass is always greener'   I get to hate Sunday afternoons and Monday mornings.  I do the countdown till Friday afternoons in my head.  Then when I get home, all I do is complain and drive anyone sharing space with me stark, raving mad.  That’s no ‘work/life balance’ is it??!!


My main question is: Is it better to stay in what you consider a 'dead-end job' with little or no prospects or to try and reach for new horizons?  I feel like i've done time in ‘boring’, ‘mundane’  jobs, in fact i've had jobs where even though the tasks were boring I was happy but then the employer changed the role and somehow made the role much worse.  What about if you can’t see the horizon.. what happens if every job you get seems like a ‘little history repeating’??


Surely with all the temporary employment that's been going around, not all of those roles become permanent positions?  A lot of public sector temporary contracts just keep getting renewed without making the employee permanent. Some of those eventually cease, whether by change of government or employer requirements or perhaps the person in them gets sick and tired of having no job security.  The people doing those roles, what becomes of them?  Aren't they then branded as 'jobhoppers'?  So, there must be quite a number of us out there.. I should have plenty of members for my support group?


Another issue to my mind is that sometimes employers promise lots but dont necessarily deliver.  They promise further training or expanded responsibilities or even a little flexibility.  What happens when its more about their responsiveness to issues? Here's an example, in a previous role, i had spoken in-depth to my supervisor about an issue and he promised a change... the change was then withdrawn so i went above his head to just confirm what I had just been told with his boss somewhat confidentially.  Guess what i got later that same day.... a rather red-faced little man ranting and raving at me in front of the whole office... WOW, how professional??  And you guys wonder why people just get up and leave jobs??  Even those employed to serve in social service departments wonder why a person just gets up and leaves a job.  This was not an isolated incident but simply the straw that broke the camels back...


Do employers ever wonder why morale is soooo low in their organization? I guess, in a ‘buyers market’ they don’t have to.  They just assume it’s the ‘seller’ that has the problem. This is not always the case…. Surely, a large staff turnover rate is a negative indicator and  isn’t good for the buyers business?  Perhaps they just write it off to an expense and the ex-employees off  to lazy folks with bad attitudes.  Employers can have all the staff satisfaction surveys they want, if the staff aren’t happy they’re not always going to say so, some will just walk away because they don’t want to ‘burn their bridges’ totally.


The problem with being a 'jobhopper' is when you want stability and a regular income, it aint always there.  The older you get the worse it gets and you find yourself competing with much younger applicants.  There is supposed to be no discrimination based on gender, race, creed, colour, religion but what about age?  Older workers have often ‘been round the block’ perhaps a few times and can often have a more mature outlook.  But it seems if you’re a ‘jobhopper’ or an older candidate, you can forget it when it comes to recruiters/recruitment agents/prospective employers.  They’ll just say ‘you’re too hard to sell to the client’. 


To paraphrase the lyrics of a Paul Kelly song… “we gotta listen to the young people, what… the young people… geez… I never did anything serious till I was 40…” I hear you Paul, this is how I feel now.   Don’t tell me I’m ‘over the hill’… I’m just a jobhopper!  We’re the ones with ‘broad experience’, ‘a mature outlook’ yet a ‘willingness to learn’!  We’re the ones who have often ‘done the hard yards’ chipping away in ‘salt mines’ only we didn’t want to get stuck in the same saltmines forever.  Don’t go blaming us for trying to find other ways, we may not all succeed…


I really got to stop reading these recruitment blogs and articles... stay tuned for more on travel and other issues... ;)


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10.03 | 19:15

I have stood by and watched a with concern and love. I admire the way you have handled yourself and the situation. My love with you. In admiration. Fly

10.03 | 14:07

Well, come back the TOG you old git. We will love you unconditionally there.

Seriously though, this is a good post. I am sorry for your pain mate.

10.03 | 12:26

Spread your wings you dodo, you might be able to fly.

24.06 | 14:03

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