The job market has changed dramatically during the past five to 10 years. In fact, it’s changed dramatically since The Great Recession and not just because the recession has ended and the country is in recovery mode.
The vast majority of these changes have worked in the favor of candidates and job seekers. This should not come as much of a surprise.
After all, there is a well-documented shortage of candidates in the employment marketplace. One of the reasons for this is the ongoing retirement of the members of the Baby Boomer Generation. Another reason is the fact that the economy is performing well as it continues to recover from the effects of The Great Recession.
As a result, all candidates and job seekers have more employment opportunities and professional options available to them. In addition, the best candidates have the most employment opportunities and the best professional options.
In other words, employers are vying and competing for the services of the top candidates in the marketplace. In order to successfully hire the best candidates, these employers are willing to offer increasingly more in the way of salary, benefits, and perks.
Adding another layer to the dynamics of the situation are the members of the Millennial Generation. There are more Millennials in the workforce right now than members of any other generation.
There are many reasons why this is important, but one of them is that Millennials are more transient. This means they value flexibility and freedom and don’t necessarily want to work for one employer for an extended period.
Now, once upon a time, in a different economy and under different demographic circumstances, employers typically did not look kindly upon candidates who changed jobs with regularity. These professionals were called “job hoppers” and employers often dismissed their candidacy.
This is no longer the case.
The bottom line is that employers want the value that top candidates can offer in today’s job market. In fact, they want and need the value so badly that they can not afford to dismiss candidates simply because they appear to change jobs with regularity. They do NOT have that luxury.
Once again, this is good news for YOU and for candidates like you.
You don’t have to fear the job hopping stigma anymore. That’s because it practically does NOT exist. And keep in mind that this is especially the case if you’re a top candidate or high-performing professional.
So this is yet another reason to keep your options open and to explore other employment opportunities.
Not only that, but it’s also another reason to align yourself with an experienced recruiter or search consultant who specializes in your field. They can keep you apprised of these opportunities and provide advice and guidance regarding the direction and growth of your career.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.