Last week we had a great conversation on the Skills to Achieve Facebook page about “Job Jumping.” I asked the question, “Are you a Job Jumper and whose problem is it if you are, yours or the employers?
Several people commented (which was awesome) about being a job jumper and there was a real variety in the answers that ranged from:
- People should be allowed to try the jobs they want.
- Depends if the employer changes their requirements of you.
- It happens! Why don’t employers understand it.
- There are a lot of bad employers out there.
- When I was unsettled, I moved around a lot and now it’s all that moving around is causing me problems.
It takes a lot of courage to post your experience and feelings on a public board – so thank you to those of you who did.
Here are the cold, hard facts for Job Jumpers.
Hiring you costs a lot of money! It takes approximately 6 – 18 months for a company to “break even” on the costs involved in hiring and training you.
If we break it down, here are some things to consider if you are a job jumper:
- Cost to hire you – job postings, pre-screen, interviews, additional testing.
- Cost to onboard you -get you set up in the system, any testing or background checks, get your benefits set up, employee number etc.
- Cost of training – classroom, additional schooling, shadowing.
- ROI – the cost of you doing your job and making mistakes, learning the ins and outs of the company etc. This could take 3 months it could take 12 months depending on the job you do.
If you make $100k a year a company is investing anywhere from $50 – $150k in you. That is the reason companies won’t invest in a job jumper! When they look at your resume and can tell by your history you’ll only be there for 9 – 18 months, it’s clear that it will cost them money in the end to have you as an employee.
Your next question should be, “now that I know I am being viewed as a job jumper how can I leverage the experience I do have?
I want to go back to the questions I received during this conversation. If you notice, most people blame the employer or make excuses why they have moved around. What I want you to understand is placing blame on the employers is actually robbing you of all of your power and control in this situation.
Placing blame and making excuses is holding you back from overcoming your situation and is actually making you a victim in the hiring process. Hiring Manages don’t hire victims.
You can have excuses or results – NOT BOTH!
Instead, it is time to take ownership, accountability and responsibility for being a job jumper. If you have worked for 5 different employers, all of whom were jerks or treated you poorly and left you no option but to quit, is that a coincidence or is it a pattern?
The only consistent in this pattern is… YOU. The odds of all five of your previous bosses being brutal is hard to believe. The fact that you got excited about each one of them only to be disappointed is not. It’s your pattern.
- You apply to a whole bunch of jobs. The companies you are least excited about contact you back.
- You go to the interviews anyway. They lie to you telling you how great they are when you know they’re not.
- You believe their lies and start thinking of ways you can change your beliefs and what is important to you to make the job work.
- You get excited about a job you don’t want with a company you don’t like. 6 months later you quite! Is that a surprise? No, it’s as certain as the sun coming up each morning.
It is up to you to break the cycle of being a job jumper – not the employers. Being a job jumper is a pattern and it affects you. How do you fix it?
Here are 3 steps to breaking Job Jumper pattern.
Own it – Stop blaming anyone who is not you – stop being a victim. You accepted the jobs and you are the consistent in this equation.
Fix it – do the work to find out what you really want. You should easily be able to create a list of all the things that don’t work for you – do that. Then start a list of all the things you require back from an employer. Seriously, your dream list of all the things an employer can offer you to perform at your best and enable you to stay with them long-term
Demand it – once you know what it is you want, demand it from every hiring manager you talk to from this point on. This isn’t meekly inquiring if they are flexible in their scheduling to accommodate some outside activities. If you inquire, meekly… of course they’ll say yes. Hiring Managers are lying bastards! They’ll tell you whatever you want to hear. When you demand it you will go deeper. After that lying hiring manager says “Oh yes we are very flexible regarding schedule around here.” You might follow up and say, “Fantastic, who are some of your current employees that are on a flexible schedule?” If they can’t give you an example – they might be telling you the truth.
**It’s usually right about now that people ask, “Won’t they get upset if I ask them those questions?” My answer is always, “They are asking you hard questions and demanding honest answers, aren’t you entitled to do the same?” I follow it up with, “If they get upset by you asking questions in an interview when they are putting their best foot forward, how will they react when you ask them a question when you work for them?”
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