By | Chloe Chioy | zapier.com
I’m 21, and until recently, I’d worked five different jobs for an average of three months each. Feeling guilty every time I handed in my resignation letter, it seemed like I was the poster child of red flags in the eyes of hiring managers. In my head, they would mutter: “She’s not a good investment because she’s young and has no concept of loyalty.”
It wasn’t as if I applied for each job with the goal of leaving, but after a few months in each position, I felt burnt out and stuck. Don’t get me wrong: my bosses were great—it was me that wasn’t compatible.
After being hired for my sixth job, where I am now, I couldn’t help asking my manager why he chose me. My resume was wonky and peppered with random positions and skills mostly unrelated to the company.
Imagine my shock when he told me that my main selling point was job-hopping.
Job-hopping might seem like a red flag, but it’s evolving into a green light
Job-hopping might feel like a serious red flag if you’re the job-hopper in question, but it’s becoming fairly standard—and even common practice—among Gen Z’ers who leverage the high demand for employees to earn a better living and develop new skills.
My current manager explained that working at five different places with varying roles meant that I’d likely picked up skills and contacts from each experience—and the variety in my work showed that I was up for a challenge.
So instead of feeling guilty about it, I started thinking about what I learned from each position.