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What Not To Do – Job Hop

November 8th, 2005 · No Comments · General Career Advice, Restaurant/Hospitality Resumes

One of the biggest mistakes a person can make in their career is to become a job hopper – or be viewed as one.

If you jump ship every 6, 12, 18, or ??? months to get that next promotion or get more money, you will eventually find yourself in the position of not getting interviewed by those hotels or restaurants that you really want to work for because they’ll never recoup there investment in you. (Studies have shown that the average restaurant group spends $15,000-$25,000 in recruiting and training expenses per manager hired.)

Instead, you’ll only be considered by those companies that have a “turn and burn” mentality and are only using you until the next manager or chef comes along. (Hmmm.. Kind of similar to what you did with all those jobs and companies you worked at previously.)

Now, at least once in our careers, most of us will experience the realization that we have made the wrong choice in going to work for a particular restaurant or hotel property and leave after a short period time. That’s fine. The important thing is that this is not a pattern or recurring situation. Your career and your resume should not reflect a series of short term positions unless there are extremely good reasons for having done so.

If you think that you might be considered a job hopper, sit down one day and take a good look at your resume and yourself.

If you find that most of your positions have been less than 2 years, then you need to do some serious career planning and/or soul searching. You need to figure out what it is you really want out of your career and what it is going to take to get you to where you want to be while demonstrating commitment to yourself, your career, and the hotel or restaurant companies that you work for.


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