My Medical Device Sales Career
I keep seeing more and more resume's with 2 year job hops to even 1 year job hops! These apparent Job Hoppers get so upset when I don't call to interview them or respond to their resume's. Their resume's are laced with multiple jobs, some as many as 3 jobs within 4 years! When these Job Hoppers do get a hold of me, (like when I accidentally pick up the phone blindly) and I have to tell them, "I am so sorry, but my hiring client will not accept someone who has had so many jobs!" Whew, I wait for their response holding my breath wondering, will it be the polite Job Hopper or the other type? Those Job Hoppers that are just damn MAD and have decided they won't take it anymore!
Most of these callers are the MAD Job Hoppers. They are Mad at me and the other recruiters who ditch their resume's and never call them. They are mad at the hiring companies who ignore them and just mad at life in general. So they start to yell at me, after all, I am one of the few recruiters they were able to reach and have a live conversation, so this is a rare treat for them! A living, breathing recruiter enemy who is blocking them from the one job they will stay at for life! So recently I thought, "Hey, let's see if I can spend a few minutes and help them at least understand why recruiter's won't give them a chance and maybe how they could change their situation."
So I started talking to one of the Job Hoppers, then another one, then another three, then I kept going because I couldn't believe what I was consistently hearing from almost ALL OF THEM! I picked through each job and the reason for the job move, and this can take forever because within 10 to 15 years there may be up to 12 job moves on one resume! So many jobs for each person begins to take up a lot of my time, but I keep going until I realize, enough, enough, I just can't take it anymore! I will go out of business doing this and the conversations become all the same and ended all the same way! I realized I just wasn't helping these people and they didn't even grasp why I couldn't help them.
They all summarized their many job moves (after we reviewed each move and the reason's for each move) as;
"It simply isn't my fault, the Job Hops happened to me; it is the companies fault! The companies I worked for all had problems with their (now take your pick here on the selection), their products malfunctioning, Medical Reimbursement, Company Wide Lay-Off, Company eliminated their entire sales force and etc, I have had the worst bad luck!"
Wow! How incredible, no one is taking ownership for their multiple job hops! Everything just happened to them! A string of bad luck, sometimes lasting for years and every two to three years! So, because I am the enemy, blocking them from being interviewed as my Job Candidate, representing my firm for my hiring client, I begin to ask them some tough questions to see if I can get them to see the light. Surely a few questions may get them from seeing themselves as a job victim and begin to take ownership for some, if not all, of the reasons behind the Job Hops. So I ask the following questions:
I receive almost always a "no" to each of the above questions for the jobs littered upon their resume. Even then, they end the discussion with, "You see, just a string of bad luck, none of it my fault as I told you in the beginning of our conversation!" I am shaking my head in amazement as I listen to the same voice, the same words from what is now appearing to being the singular truth of a Job Hopper, the belief "It is not their fault."
Most will end the conversation with, "Linda, come on, you gave me more time than most recruiters. Just get me in front of your Hiring Manager and I will get the job!" I reply with something they inherently will understand, "I am sorry, but my Hiring Manager will not accept someone with your Job Hops, after all, it is not my fault."
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