Feb 24, 2016 11:21 AM EST

Job Hopping Can Actually Help Your I.T. Career, Advantages and Benefits

Job-hopping was a taboo for most professionals. Now it can actually help careers. Job-hopping now holds advantages and benefits for today's modern professionals.

Job-hopping used to be a bad thing in the resume. It no longer poses as a negative mark in your profile as it did before. Switching jobs every few years has become a normal occurence especially for IT professionals.

IT professionals are investing in new environments and experiences in order to add new skills to their belts. Though recruiters are finding it difficult to retain talent, IT professionals are most likely being encouraged by other companies to explore other opportunities.

Frank Dadah, managing director, Finance, Accounting & Administrative practice with executive search, staffing and management consultancy at WinterWyman, explains that job-hopping enables professionals to take charge of their carerer development and progresses their growth with better skills with the additional cool salary and benefits package. This is exactly what millenials are doing according to a survey. Out of 7,700 millenials from 29 countries, 44% would likely leave their current company by the next two years because of career progression.

When employers and recruiters look at resumes now, they are zoning in on talent generated from their experiences with different companies. Dadah explains that even in IT, job-hopping has become a positive indicator that shows a personality that likely takes calculated risks especially if they have been through successful IPOs.

For Jayne Mattson, senior VP at career management for Keystone Associates, job-hoppers need to focus on their motivations before leaving and accepting another job. According to Mattson, it all boils down to "...whether or not a person's career goals and personal values and sense of mission and purpose are being met by the companies they work for," Mattson states.

Experts are saying that when thinking of taking a different path and going for a different company, make sure that company not only meets your needs and benefits but also aligns with your philosophy.

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