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Nearly One-Third Of Employers Expect Workers To Job-Hop

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CHICAGO, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Does job-hopping (working for various employers for a short period of time) carry the same stigma in today's job market? Not necessarily, according to a new study from CareerBuilder. More than half (55 percent) of employers surveyed said they have hired a job-hopper and nearly one-third (32 percent) of all employers said they have come to expect workers to job-hop.

"More workers are pursuing opportunities with various companies to expose themselves to a wider range of experiences, build their skill sets, or take a step up the ladder in pay or title," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. "While building up a wealth of experience is a good thing, make sure that you're staying with a company long enough to make an impact and provide a return on the investment they've made in you. Employers may be more understanding of job-hopping today, but most employers are still more likely to hire the candidate who has a pattern of longer tenure with organizations."

The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from February 10 to March 4, 2014, and included a representative sample of 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and a representative sample 3,022 full-time, private sector workers across industries and company sizes.

Job-hopping by AgeBy the age of 35, 25 percent of workers have held five jobs or more.  For workers ages 55 and older, 20 percent have held ten jobs or more.

While employers may be more accepting of job-hoppers, their expectations still tend to vary based on the candidate's age. Forty-one percent of employers said that job-hopping becomes less acceptable when a worker reaches his/her early to mid-30s (ages 30 or 35). Twenty-eight percent find job-hopping less acceptable after the age of 40.

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