How often do skilled workers change jobs?

Caught cold: In job interviews she drives Question "Why have you changed jobs so often?" many applicants Sweat of fear On the forhead. Especially if the resume really noticeable many changes contains.

Assistance: We'll tell you how to deal with a good strategy and authentic Arguments this difficult question answer credibly.




Job for life: there are fewer and fewer

The change is constant: For one thing, it is nowadays much more common to change employers more often than before. The causes for this are manifold.

Job changes after a shorter period of time take place, for example, because

  • Often only for young professionals temporary Employment contracts are offered,

  • Companies more often than earlier restructured or taken over, which is usually associated with job losses,

  • more frequent job changes in some Industry sectors and occupational fields are simply common (distribution, sales, IT, service staff, temporary work),

  • the willingness to do something professionally New trying out is more pronounced today than it used to be,

  • Experienced applicants like to change the industry, which does not always work right away, then it comes to the dreaded Termination of probationary period,

  • the mobility is more pronounced than before (desire for another city, change of residence due to a new partnership),

  • a professional collaboration only for a limited period of time Projects was possible

  • Applicants are not afraid to consciously take up a new job only for a limited time in order to get out of it better transition position to be able to apply better. "Bridge job"after parental leave, sabbatical, second degree, returnees from abroad, etc.




DO NOT explain SO many job changes in the interview

For tactical reasons, you should certainly not formulate evasive, superficial or too direct answers.

These somewhat abbreviated, but still often heard, statements are far too honest.

  1. Oh, there were so many job changes not at all. You should have seen my colleagues' résumés there. They really changed often.

  2. My then boss was a total Choleric, I just had to quit during the probationary period, otherwise I would have gotten depressed.

  3. Today it is always said that one every two or three years should change jobs, right? Well, that was for me three jobs in two years, but I had more often bad luck.

  4. The company actually wanted me twelve hours work a day, but only has one Starvation wages paid. The only thing left to do was to resign.

  5. There were real ones among the colleagues Chauvinists, these sexual innuendo and Joke I just couldn't take it all day.

  6. I only have myself bored, that's why I quit.

Talking about the new job: Please bear in mind that every new employer will be convinced of your strengths, experience and your ability to work hard and for as long as possible in job interviews.

So you need a mix of honesty and tactics in answering the question "You have changed so often, are you a job hopper?"




GOOD answers: 9 x Yes, but ...

With a little communication skills, you will be able to answer the tricky question about frequent job changes better.

Coaching tip: Yes, but technology

In our application coaching, we have had good experiences with consciously using the "yes, but" technique.

First, agree to the recruiter or HR representative. And then explain your decision for the more frequent changes in detail.

  • "Yes, the more frequent changes bother me too, Indeed ..."

  • "I was expecting this question because it really is needs explanation is. It is like that ..."

By the way, the word "but" can trigger a defensive reaction in some HR employees.

Instead of "but", words like "however", "however", "on the other hand" and more are recommended. Communication professionals are talking about the modified "yes, but" technique.

Answers: Why did you change jobs so often?

  1. Yes, unfortunately I have changed jobs three times in the last two years, Indeed the first employer went bankrupt. After that, I did not want to be unemployed for a long time and accepted an offer that ultimately did not fit properly, so I was dismissed during the probationary period. I'm really happy with my current job. Unfortunately, the company is now having to cut jobs due to Corona. Including mine.

  2. They have Lawthat was also not planned by me. The manager who hired me was not more in the company when I started. His successor presumably wanted to find someone else to move in on the spot. Ultimately I was dismissed without any further reasons. However, I have more than seven years of professional experience in total. Therefore, I am sure that I will bring my experience and strengths to the advertised position in a very useful way.

  3. Select I don't have that on the other hand I learned a lot in all positions in a short period of time. Both about the different product ranges and about the special wishes of the customers. From my point of view, the bottom line is that this actually brings you advantages.

  4. Unfortunately Jobs have been cut several times, including mine. The Cologne-West location was unexpectedly closed. And the next employer also had to issue layoffs. I was last hired therefore I had to go first.

  5. I am asking for something here indulgence, I really had bad luck ...

  6. I voice You too, that really doesn't look very good. I wanted however do not become unemployed, that's why at the time I ...

  7. This question actually gets to me asked more often, I don't even want to talk myself out of that. I had one then difficult Time, my marriage broke up, then I could mine children rarely see and then I have that too job lost. Fortunately ...

  8. I was importantto always work and not have any time off, Indeed ...

  9. Frequent changes don't look that good on a resume, that Right. To the one However, I have .... And further I also have ...

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How the new employer BENEFITS from your changes

In our application coaching, we regularly find that job hopping does not only have disadvantages.

Considered retrospectively: Looking back, you will also see that, for example, you have learned a great deal about the products or services of the respective employer in a very short time.

Or that you have probably adjusted to new colleagues or customers very quickly. Or that you have familiarized yourself with new software at short notice and the like.

Conversational Psychology: And with this "advantage" communication, you take the hurdle of having to justify your change.

You do not need to respond evasively or monosyllabically when asked, but can clearly agree that the change took place in a shorter time than you planned, but that you also benefited from it in retrospect, because ...

Perfect fit: In particular, include advantages that may also be of interest to the new employer.