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Is job-hopping good or bad?

(Q. I've had two jobs and I've only been out of college three years. I have a new job opportunity now and I think it would be a good move, but I'm worried that my resume will make me seem like a "job hopper." What's the deal?

Ans. The standard answer is that the average worker will change jobs every two years between the ages of 18 and 30. Many advisors tell you job-hopping is a great way to meet new people and grow in your career. But you are right to be concerned about how too much "hopping" will look to interviewers. Many are still old-fashioned enough to want to see some indication of loyalty to the companies in your resume. If this new opportunity really offers advantages such as increased salary, responsibility and more job training, by all means take it. Just make sure that you can show you stayed at your jobs long enough to get good recommendations and to finish projects you can tell others about.

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