Every now and then, you will receive new job offers. Now you have to decide between taking up the new job offer or remaining in your current company \u2013 what do you do? Based on my experience as a HR strategist, let me share some pros and cons of job-hopping. The Pros of Job-Hopping My recommendation as a HR strategist is, you should job-hop: 1. If you\u2019re stagnating in your current company You should switch companies only under certain circumstances, one being when you\u2019ve outgrown your current skillset \u2013 and you\u2019re ready for something more challenging. In fact, if you feel that your progress has stagnated within the company, looking for employment elsewhere would further your career elsewhere. \u2018Stagnated\u2019 in this case would be defined as: You\u2018ve put in long years of service, but you\u2019re in the same position, and your pay raises have been insignificant. 2. If The Company provides non-existent job security Most people consider job security to be: Getting paid on time consistently, a positive public image of the company etc. It\u2019s not surprising that most Malaysians are driven by money when deciding upon a potential job \u2013 Malaysians\u2019 general salary range hasn\u2019t increased by much in the past 10 years, while the cost of living and property prices have outpaced wage growth considerably. And if a company is consistently late in paying salaries, it raises suspicion and dissatisfaction among employees. To be honest, if your company tells you that they are not able to pay your salary this month, the next thing you should do is to search for a new job. Like the passengers fleeing the Titanic, it\u2019s every man for himself (unless you\u2019re Leonardo Dicaprio). 3. For networking opportunities & developing new skillsets Additionally, working different jobs in varied roles and industries gives you the opportunity to meet new people and expand your network. You can develop new skillsets and broader perspectives under different working environments. These new insights will shape and refine your working style and character. Lastly, you\u2019d pick up useful skills to complete tasks and projects more efficiently. The Cons of Job-Hopping However, changing jobs regularly can put you in a more unfavourable position. It increases your rate of rejection from future companies, as well as exclude you from the company\u2019s future plans. 1. No confidence in employee loyalty Did you know that job-hopping can lower an employer's confidence in their employees\u2019 loyalty. Even while they are considering to hire you due to your impressive skillset and experience, there\u2019s a chance that your new employer would be skeptical of your loyalty. They might think, \u201cWhat if he resigns tomorrow or before the project ends?\u201d\u00a0 At the back of their mind, they will always be prepared for the day you leave the company. 2. Excluded from succession plans Succession planning is a strategy for passing on leadership roles, and sometimes the ownership of a company, to an employee or group of employees. It specifically takes into consideration an employee\u2019s years of service for the company, on top of his work performance. If you\u2019re viewed as disloyal, it wouldn\u2019t be surprising if they exclude you from any of the company\u2019s succession plans. There\u2019s no guarantee that you\u2019d stay with the company for the next 5 years. To them, you\u2019re just someone who\u2019s filling in for the position and whom may end up leaving one day. Ironically, your position might be the one that they\u2019re planning to hire someone else to fill, in case you leave. 3. Lacking the full extent of job experience needed You may be well-versed in your field, but job-hopping too soon could indicate to employers that you didn\u2019t gain the full extent of experience in your last job. Quitting prematurely could cut you short of the experience you need to perform a job to the best of your ability. The next thing you know, you\u2019re in a new company trying hard to adapt to a new environment. At the end of the day, you\u2019d just be someone who possesses a broad but superficial knowledge of your job, without being an expert in any skill. A jack of all trades, master of none. But imagine if the time you took to adjust yourself to a new work culture was used instead to hone your skills at your current job, and focus on negotiating a promotion and a payrise. You would then be in a secure position to ask for what you're worth, because you earned your stripes and proved it. 4. Potential employers may find the expected salary to be unjustified If you\u2019ve read this article up to this point, you pay have noticed that all the points are interlinked. One thing always leads to another. My last point is: Most people job-hop for better pay, but they might not actually be qualified to receive a higher paycheck with the level of skills\/experience they possess. I\u2019ve come across many potential candidates asking for a (to be honest) ridiculous salary based on their last drawn salary. After closer examination, I realised they simply do not possess sufficient work experience for the job. In my opinion, it is a very distorted conception that every new employer should pay you a certain percentage more than your current salary, just because your current employer is paying you more than your previous employer. Employers pay you based on your working experience, skillset, capability to do your job with\u00a0 the highest efficiency etc \u2013 not based off your last drawn salary. In Conclusion In my line of work, I've reviewed countless resumes of job-seekers who possess the right skills for the job \u2013 but due to their tendency to job-hop, the hiring managers have rejected their application outright. Some candidates might feel that they are being treated unfairly because of these hiring practices, but I would disagree with that assessment. On the other hand, I\u2019ve come across more long-term-thinking candidates who are more aware of these issues. They choose to serve in their company for a longer period before making a jump, solely because they do not want to jeopardise their career for the instant gratification of getting a higher salary. I hope that these insights would enable you to make more calculated career decisions in the future. Best of luck! Do you think job-hopping is good or bad for your career? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook. Is job-hopping good or bad? For more articles on career advice, read What to Expect When You Go Through a Career Change and How To Discover The Job You Love.