Apr 06

Job Hopping Is Not ALWAYS A Bad Thing

I just got of the phone with an old friend that has been at the same job for over 11 years and has been unhappy at that same job for 11 years. By the time we finished catching up he called me a job-hopper. I realized the other day that the older I get, the harder it is for me to bite my tongue. Thus, the conversation quickly went sour. I really didn’t feel like explaining my life’s choices to him, 1) it’s none of his business and 2) I didn’t think he’d really understand anyway. However, I delved more into his statement, asking him why he said it like being a job-hopper was a negative attribute. He said, “bouncing from job to job is a sign of weakness and shows lack of stability and the reason you are still single could have something to do with that.”

Dude, what are you talking about…not the relationship card? My response (it’s a paraphrase because some words I choose not to share):

Every career move I’ve made in the past 10 years has been a move for the betterment of me and my family. I’ve grown in knowledge and experience. I’ve dispelled fear and doubt to allow opportunities to come my way…I’m constantly growing. Now, you on the other hand, have been unhappily chained to the same job, not creating any opportunities for yourself, and living in a world of dismay because you’ve stripped yourself of self-worth. You only have knowledge about your “craft” that isn’t even a transferable skill and you are telling me the same “I hate my job” stories that we were both telling 10 years ago when I was there. As far as the relationship quip, I guess that just means I need to be with a goal-oriented guy that won’t settle for just being. I wanted so bad to comment on his failed marriage, but karma is no joke when it comes back to bite you. So, I let it go.

This has prompted me to truly think about the definition of job hopper, write this blog, and post all of the jobs I’ve had over the last 10 years on my Facebook page ( I don’t know why, I just think it would be a hilarious thing to do…tomorrow). I truly believe that taking advantage of the opportunities that have come my way has made me a better person. I’m happy doing what I love.

*I’ve had approximately 10 jobs in the past 10 years. :-o (I’m sure no one will be looking to hire me soon.)

“Hustling is not a game, it’s a way of life.” -Tonya B.

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