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Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

I’m Not Job Hopping, I’m Job Shopping

shopping cartA US News article was published this month with a section about job hopping. The idea is that “job-shopping is different from job-hopping…[Job shoppers] might be in a job, have learned everything they can, and now it’s time to leave.”

Sounds disloyal, doesn’t it? But is it? Is it better to have an employee who’s stagnant and does the bare minimum or one that is learning and contributing? And as an individual, how do you explain this job (s)hopping on your resume or in a job interview?

Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist, writes in her blog post: “The trick with job hopping is to make sure your resume always shows that you make a huge contribution wherever you go. That can be independent of job duration. You can show that you are loyal to a company by exceeding their expectations with your outstanding performance.”

That is a very good point — it’s about your contributions, not time duration. For example, we noticed that many people are surprised to find out that we’ve accomplished so much — named LJ Movers & Shakers and ALA Emerging Leaders, organized programs at national conferences,  initiated and/or managed various special projects and programs (see About Us page), etc. — having graduated from library school only 2-3 years ago. Mainly it’s because we’re go-getters, we work hard, we believe it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission, but we also job shop in many aspects of our careers such as —

  • joining associations because they have something to offer or leaving them because they no longer do (after all, what are you paying your membership fees for?)
  • participating in committees and groups because we get to learn new things and/or have something to contribute
  • bouncing from one conference session to another because we’re not getting anything out from it

If you’re not learning new things, developing new skills or contributing in some way, why bother with your time or energy? Move on.

Job hopping or job shopping — the difference isn’t just one letter, it’s the way you approach your career.

So are you a hopper or a shopper?


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