4 Reasons Job Hoppers are Good Contract Candidates
Should recruiters just ignore job hoppers?
For many recruiters, the knee-jerk reaction to this question is a resounding “Yes!” After all, your clients don’t want to pay good money to place a candidate, only to have to do it all over again in a few months. However, you should think twice about disregarding job hoppers or candidates who seem to show a pattern of switching jobs on a frequent basis.
Job hoppers = high performers?
Job hopping can actually be the sign of a high performer who thrives on challenge and is easily bored. Although these workers may not stay for a long period of time, their potential contribution could be bigger than that of a long-tenured employee who is “boxed in a comfort zone.” Rather than simply passing them over based on their resume, recruiters should give them the chance to explain their job-hopping ways.
Times have changed. You’re going to find fewer and fewer people who have spent long periods of time with one employer. But we can’t blame you for shying away from these candidates for your direct hire placements.
However, job hoppers are perfect contract candidates for the following four reasons:
- Contract assignments will give them the constant challenge they crave.
- These candidates are quick learners who are undaunted by new, demanding situations.
- They can make an immediate impact by working on critical deadlines and projects.
- They can pad their resumes with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and references.
So before you overlook a candidate for switching jobs too many times, consider how this perceived weakness could actually be an asset for your clients.
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