Job Hopping in the IT World: Yay or Nay?

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Jobs in the Tech Industry are often the subject of hot job topics. Tech workers are in an desirable position in the job market. Their skills are highly in demand and many employers are willing to do anything to keep them. So how will job hopping impact an IT professional’s career?

The bigger and better jobs in the IT industry calls for tech pros with in-demand skill sets to secure a place in a big company. In today’s tech world, how is job hopping viewed to the many? Even if you have only worked for a year in your current firm? The short answer is: it depends. To put it simply, it is all about finding a good match between the dreams of the employee and the needs of the employer.

The branch manager of Robert Half Technology in Cleveland, Eric Younkin once said employers are very divided on the views of job hopping, especially in the tech industry. Younkin said that companies are looking for candidates who have a variety of skill sets and experience to work with leading technology to bring a diversified background. Employers are more open to candidates with multiple job changes in a shorter time period as these candidates have easily-transferable skills and can usually begin adding value to their new company right away.

A few examples of jobs that supports and suits well for employees with a job hopping background are: Desktop support, deployment engineer, QA analyst or systems administrator. There is probably more job hopping in certain IT sectors because people who thrive on technology, as they want to be where the latest cutting-edge technologies are used. For these employees, moving on is the opportunity to upgrade their skills and keep themselves marketable.

On the contrary, many other tech companies are more supportive of employees building a career with one company. For some tech workers, the environment of stability and chance to work on long-term projects are benefits that are more significant than others. Some examples of tech workers are Web developers or application developers whom may find that staying with one company over time allows them to expand both their technical knowledge and development of an expertise in a particular industry. Other jobs such as Network administrators or network engineers are other positions that may thrive in this type of environment.

However, while job stability is a plus for anyone, employees must further up-skill or re-skill to keep their technical skills in check to stay marketable in the tech world. If you are staying with a company for a period of time, make sure you are advancing in your position and that you are willing to learn new technologies when they become available.

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