Hiring Job Hoppers: Think Twice Before You Write Them Off

Job hopping is just as the name suggests: the act of moving from job to job in a short period of time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average number of years that workers stay with their current employer is between three and four. This trend of job hopping has also seen a rise in the last several years, since the millennial generation hit the workforce.

Moving from job to job used to turn managers away from potential employees, because they didn’t want to expend their time and energy on someone who wasn’t going to be around for very long. But before you write job hoppers off as a bad investment, take the time to consider what they could potentially bring to the table. When hiring job hoppers, remember they adapt quickly and have experience, which can benefit most workplaces, including those in the healthcare industry.

Job Hoppers Adapt Quickly

Because job hoppers are constantly moving around, chances are, they have developed the skill to adapt quickly. This can mean that they are able to learn faster, build relationships with coworkers in a short period of time and master certain skills in an efficient manner, all of which could benefit almost any company.

In the healthcare industry, adapting quickly is important because of the high-paced environment that comes with most positions. When hiring job hoppers, keep in mind that they are a self-motivated and driven generation, willing to work hard to achieve their career goals. With that being said, job hoppers might require minimal training, as they are ready and willing to do things for themselves.

Job Hoppers Have Experience

This ability to excel quickly could also be stemmed from the job hopper’s amount of experience. Hiring job hoppers with experience related to the career field, such as the healthcare industry, could prove to be beneficial. They most likely have a certain set of skills or knowledge from their previous jobs which would transfer over into their new position. With the proper and necessary training, these skills can be refined and improved to benefit your company.

Along with skills and knowledge, experience can provide the job hopper with a network of contacts. If the job hopper has held a number of positions and has no qualified references, this could be an indicator that they might not be the best investment for your company. However, more often than not, job hoppers do have good experience and references, because as mentioned above, they tend to be hard workers.

How to Keep Job Hoppers Long-Term

So if these job hoppers make such great employees, how do you keep them in it for the long haul? To have them stay longer than the average four years, consider what they want to see in their careers, and inform them of the job prospects for their particular career. For instance, physical therapy assistants have a job outlook of 41 percent, which is significantly higher than that of the average.

Most job hoppers move around because they want to advance their career. In the healthcare field, this could be especially true because the same skills sets and level of education could be applied to a number of positions, which allows for the job hopper to move around with ease. So, by offering career-advancing opportunities or leadership positions, the job hopper will see that they have the chance to move-up at their current position. This might not stop them from hopping-along, but it could prolong their stay

Have you considered hiring job hoppers to join your healthcare team? If so, please visit our website or contact us at TheraEx Staffing to learn more about how we can help you find the potential employees that you are seeking.

BlogRey Rivera