Do you jump from startup to startup? Going from one job to another in rapid succession is traditionally frowned upon, mostly because it damns you for being disloyal with no buy-in. Also, companies do bear a cost for on-boarding new employees, so they expect you to spend a little time with them for the trouble.
Still, particularly in the startup world, it isn’t uncommon for executives to hop from one position to another. In fact, it becoming more common.
But it is that a good idea for your career? The answer is that it depends. If you’re worried you are changing jobs in too rapid of a succession and might be hurting your later career chances, think about the following questions:
Is this truly a better opportunity?
The biggest mistake serial job-hoppers make is getting the same old car with a shinier coat of paint. Before you accept any new position, consider if this move will enhance and advance your career or if it will keep you right where you are now. Often when professionals receive an offer that includes even a small bump up in compensation, they will falsely see it as career advancement. It is not about the pay. Hirers don’t mind multiple companies on a resume if they show meaningful advancement. A bunch of companies where you essentially held the same job can hold you back.