How to Avoid Being a Job Hopper

The days of 40 years’ service and getting a sweet gold watch are long gone. But while most people entering the job market today will experience a number of careers – excessive job hopping is still rarely considered in a positive light.

Not only is it time consuming; it can interfere with career progression and can be costly for the company and the person doing the hopping. So, what’s a better way to ensure you are inspired and challenged in your work? Just like a killer pair of slacks, you need to find your ‘fit’!

What we often fail to appreciate is that job satisfaction is more to do with personality than luck, intelligence or even talent. When we understand personality, specifically our ‘inside’, ‘bright side’ and ‘dark side’ we are better able to genuinely match our natural strengths, characteristics, skill set and values to those required in a particular role and the organisation itself.

When we do – we fit, but when we don’t fit then frequent job hopping is just one of the consequences, along with the possibility of being a total killjoy.

‘Inside’ allows us to understand what is driving us from the inside – what do we value and need in a role or environment in order to feel appreciated and happy.  Appreciated and happy employees tend to be more engaged in their work and much more productive, unlike young Stuart here.

Pick up your game, Stuart

‘Bright side’ is the behaviours that we routinely use to meet those ‘inside’ needs and ‘dark side’, are the behaviours we resort to under pressure that can easily screw things up.

The only difference between a role where we feel valued and satisfied and one where we are constantly searching online job sites is fit.

When what we do every day matches what we are best at and what the company values about our contribution and our own values are mirrored back to us by the corporate culture, then we are much more likely to stay in a role and perform well. You might not hate getting up in the morning so much either.

It’s time to live!

Whether you are aware of it or not you have a set of preferred behaviours that you use over and over again across all areas of your life. What currently limits or causes problems in your relationship or your tennis is actually what also causes problems in your career and unless you understand those behaviours you will not be able to ensure you are in the right place doing the right thing with the right people. Your mean backhand depends on it!

We don’t need performance coaches to unlock and foster talent in every separate area of our life.  What we need is a genuine awareness and understanding of fit.  When we do we can create bespoke behavioural strategies unique to us that come together to create enjoyment and high performance in all areas of our life.

Five Tips to Avoid Job Hopping

1.    Be very clear on the skills that come easily to you and look for a role where high performers have the same skills.

2.   Understand your personality strengths and weaknesses and ensure they align with the role in your chosen field.

3.   Ensure that what you value and how you like to be rewarded is in line with the company that you join.

4.   Check out that your direct manager has similar values and preferences to you to ensure a long term fit.

5.    If you’re moving on make sure that you crystallise your learnings about yourself and the organisation. No point recreating the same situation.


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Warren Kennaugh is a Behavioural Strategist who works with elite corporate leaders, gifted professional athletes and world leading teams. He is a speaker, researcher and consultant who is the author of FIT: When Talent and Intelligence Just Won’t Cut It (Wiley). See why the elite work with him at or contact at