modern interview techniques

Why Career Hopping is Hurting Your Career


Though you may be proud of the diverse experiences you can add to your resume, job-hopping can hurt your career. Potential employers see you as a risk to their company! Will you be a flight risk for them too? They don’t want to spend thousands of dollars and countless hours training you only to see you leave in a short amount of time; perception is reality as far as these employers are concerned. Here are four ways that your job-hopping can limit your career.

You’re a waste of money

The hiring process is expensive. Training is expensive. Some experts estimate that quick job hoppers can cost a company up to $20,000 per employee. So if your resume is peppered with short spurts of work experience, without a longer, more faithful commitment, employers are not likely to take a chance on hiring you.

You haven’t gained valuable skills

It’s hard to pick up any expertise or accomplish anything when you don’t stay in a position long enough to learn. It also shows that you’re restless and that you don’t have the self-discipline to dedicate yourself to something after the initial excitement wears off. Potential employers might view you as immature and not prepared to really succeed in business.

You’re unfulfilled

Maybe you’re just not passionate enough about the field you’ve been working in. Not every job is a dream job, especially at the beginning. And most employers would be pleased that you’re not satisfied, that you’re always pushing yourself for something better. But there’s also value in paying your dues and remaining focused on one thing as you move up in a company.

If you find a company that you can believe in and where you enjoy working, stay loyal to that company’s mission and corporate culture while you seek out the ideal position there. Aiming for better opportunities is a good thing, but too many jumps is a red flag that you’ll never be content anywhere.

You’re short-sighted

Companies have long-term goals for several years down the road, and if you can’t show that you do, too, they might not waste their time hiring you. Focus on the long game and view companies as career incubators instead of time wasters. Concentrate on the valuable skills and experiences you’re picking up and consider the best interests of the company instead of prioritizing your own boredom. Show that you can be an asset to a company by sticking it out in one job for at least two years, so future companies will be more willing to invest in you.

For more information on how to nurture your career and land your dream job at your dream company, check out our website at

Ty Culver headshot
Written by

Ty Culver is the Client Development Director of CulverCareers focusing on talent acquisition and workforce solutions with a wide variety of local, national and global clients.

Ty has been working in various aspects of the industry for over 10 years and developed deep expertise in Executive Search, Executive Benefit and Talent Acquisition Programs along the way. He has a range of experience from SMB to Enterprise clients and hyper specific executive searches to high volume recruiting with companies in a dynamic state of flux.

Today, Ty leads a talented team of Talent Acquisition Specialists, Executive Recruiters and Client Success Managers at one of the most respected Recruiting Firms in the Nation, CulverCareers. While leadership is a key aspect of his role, Ty still enjoys working with clients on recruiting strategies, executive benefit solutions and workforce solutions to help clients build a holistic approach to talent acquisition and talent retention.

Ready to build a winning team?

When you’re looking for executive strategic partners to help build your team, you couldn’t ask for a better partner than CulverCareers.

Start Hiring