Wednesday 20 February 2019

Employers wary of interviewing short-term job-hoppers

Options: Indeed’s Chris McDonald said employees still have scope to pick and choose the roles they want
Options: Indeed’s Chris McDonald said employees still have scope to pick and choose the roles they want
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Two-thirds of employers have opted not to interview someone who has had short-term jobs, according to research from job site Indeed.

On average, employers consider six months to be a short-tenure to spend in a job, while employees consider 11 months a short period of time.

In addition, in the minds of most employers, having four short-tenure jobs on their CV would qualify a candidate as a job-hopper, while 44pc of employers feel that three such roles would. Job-hopping is more of a concern in smaller companies with less than 10 employees, with one in four such employers admitting to not interviewing a candidate for that reason.

In contrast, for companies with more than 500 employees, fewer than one in seven employers said they would not interview a candidate that they felt was job-hopping. From an employee perspective, only 29pc felt job hopping would ultimately hurt their career, while 57pc felt it wouldn't really have any impact.

Meanwhile, a small proportion of employees (14pc) felt that moving among various short-tenure jobs was a positive, presenting a chance to learn new skills, demonstrate their adaptability, boost their CV, and make connections to further their career.

Employees believed that 19 to 20 months was an acceptable amount of time to stay in a job in order to contribute, gain experience and progress their career. This compares to employers, who on average believed 16 months to be acceptable.

"There remains a perception that moving from job to job too frequently looks bad on a CV, and this is evident in our research among employers," said Chris McDonald, Indeed's vice-president of EMEA.

"Times are changing, however. It's no longer uncommon to change jobs, companies and even industries several times over the course of our working lives, and when you combine this with a still-tightening labour market, employees have considerable scope to pick and choose the roles they want."

Irish Independent

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