Will Flipping Jobs Hurt Your Career?

Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:33:30 pm by Dustin
Filed under General, Payroll, a little about life

When I was in college I had about 5 jobs.  Since this was part-time work while in school it would be pretty easy to justify if it ever came up during an interview.  But what if it wasn’t during school?  What if this was your career?

Well as you can probably guess, it all depends on what you do.  Penelope Truck, a career building blogger over at Brazen Careerist explains the pros and cons of changing jobs often and/or frequently.

When it comes down to it, you better accomplish something at each job.  If you go in and cut spending while increasing profits in just 8 months before moving on to do the same thing, your future employer may just not really care how long you stay.  Help me help you.


  1. Ray

    I always heard to stick with a job for at least 2 years… but she makes good points about accomplishing something. It’s good to have “bullets” for that job on the resume :P

  2. Phil

    I did not read the article, but it truly depends on what you do. In my industry 8 months is a long time to spend at one job. 2-years is a sale, 1-year is a flop and 4 year means your wasting money or going for a really big sale. I agree you better be changing the face of the company if you only spend 8-months on the job.

    On the flip-side is that if you see person who comes from a long line of stability (i+=10), you really have to wonder wtf, why are they moving now?

    $0.02

  3. Dustin

    No, I’m not leaving Formos. I just thought this was an interesting pay of looking at job flippers. Basically your ‘you better make an impression’ is right on in her opinion.

  4. Penelope Trunk

    Hi, Dustin. Thanks for linking to Brazen Careerist. As I read this string of comments, I think of two things:

    1. If you haven’t done great things at the job you’re at in eight months, what are you doing there? Everyone can do something great.
    You just have to be dilligent in sniffing out the opportunities that are there. And once you’ve done something great, hopping to another company
    won’t be a problem.

    2. Jason Davis, at recruiting.com wrote that if you stay at a job ten years, it kills your resume:
    http://www.recruiting.com/recruiting/2005/08/been_at_the_com.html

    Penelope