Job Hoppers Do Not Exist

A few month's ago I posted my resignation letter to LinkedIn and Instagram.

It received a lot of feedback both positive and negative. It was even shared by Inside Voices.

What I didn't share in my posts is that I had only been in that role for 1 month before leaving.


What's a "job hopper"?

There's not really a consensus online of where the term "job hopper" originated but most people speculate around the 1940's. This is important because the United States had just joined WWII and American propaganda centered around "production." A prominent poster during that time encouraged Americans to "Stop this Monster that Stops at Nothing. PRODUCE to the Limit!"

It depicted a monster with two heads, one Nazi, one Japanese, clutching the Statue of Liberty in one hand and fending off American advances with the other. Nearby a hand holds a wrench with the inscription "production" -- the key to winning the war. Whew!


There's also not a consensus online of what a job hopper actually is. Chelsea Jay (She/Her), a Leadership Development coach, regularly posts polls on LinkedIn asking her audience for their answers to the question "What qualifies as a job hopper?"


She usually has four answers along the lines of 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 8-10 years and a "use the comments" option.


I am always baffled to see the amount of people who choose 8-10 years!


Who gets to "hop"?