Are Spring Fever, Rabbit Sightings, and Job Hoppers Headed Your Way?
May brings warmer weather and a yearning for outside activities. Birds seek fodder to build their nests, ducklings waddle in lines, and bunnies scamper under shrubs. Ahhh…Spring! But does spring bring to your door the occasional job hopper . . . the candidate who just a few years ago would have been seen as rare or disloyal? It seems the practice of switching jobs every few years has become more common, especially among Millennials. Since this practice is becoming more acceptable for whatever reason, precision manufacturing companies must recognize both the down and the up side of job-hopping candidates. Evidence of consistent job-hopping can be a red flag. It’s important to be aware of the negative indicators. If a candidate has consistently job-hopped, it could indicate:
- Problems in performance
- An inability to make a commitment
- Difficulty fitting into various company cultures (workplace relationship difficulties)
- A lack of short-and long-term goal planning
- Less than stellar skill levels – if they haven’t stayed in one spot long enough to master the intricacies of the job
- Want to learn multiple skills
- Want to try multiple areas before choosing their “specialty”
- Have specific goals regarding compensation/benefits and aren’t’ afraid to move on with better offers
- Are people-persons who function well in multiple environments
- Are great hires who will stay, but have just hit a series of glitches. For example, a downsize, followed by a spouse transferring, followed by a job that really didn’t fit.