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Job Hopping with Intention - 5 Smart Things To Do BEFORE You Hit 5 Years In Your Job




Are you planning to job-hop but not quite sure where to start?

You’ve been in your current position for years, and your career is stuck in a rut.

You might be tempted to jump ship without looking back, especially amidst all the industry headlines glorifying the glamour of hopping jobs every few years - or even months!

But before you trade in stability and employee benefits for something new, there are five key things you should do before hitting 5 years at any job.

Recent research shows that more than half of workers under 30 have switched employers at least once over the past 5 years, which proves how valuable it is to understand the short-term and long-term implications of leaving one job for another.

Knowing this data can help inform decisions around tenure gaps between positions so that when employees do switch roles, their resumes don't reflect an unstable pattern of employment history.

The tips below will hopefully put potential job hoppers onto a better path forward – one filled with intentionality instead of impulsiveness!


1. Analyze Your Progress - Evaluate where you are now and set a plan for the next five years

As an expert in job searching, I urge you to take a moment to evaluate where you are now and set a plan for the next five years. 


Statistics show that people with clear goals and plans are 10 times more likely to achieve them than those without.

Reflect on your current achievements, skills, and knowledge. 

Then, I'd like you to envision where you want to be in five years and identify what you need to do. 

This process may seem daunting, but it's crucial for long-term success and happiness.

2. Identify Your Niche - How can you use your unique skills to stand out from the competition and secure a promotion

In today's job market, standing out from the competition is crucial, especially when securing a promotion. 

To do so, it's essential to identify your niche and showcase your unique skills.

According to recent statistics, 53% of hiring managers are likelier to promote employees with specialized skills that align with the company's goals.

Therefore, by recognizing your niche, you increase your chances of advancing in your career.

You can start by assessing your strengths and identifying areas where you excel. 

You can then leverage these skills to take on new responsibilities and demonstrate your value to your employer.

Remember, in today's competitive job market, it's not enough to be good at what you do – you must stand out as an expert in your field. 

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3. Network Strategically - Develop meaningful relationships both inside and outside of your company to grow professionally

In today's competitive job market, it's not just about what you know, but who you know. 

Developing meaningful relationships inside and outside your company can be the key to unlocking career opportunities and professional growth.

As an expert in the field, I urge you to network strategically and do it now.

Did you know that 70% of jobs are found through networking? That's a staggering statistic. 

You can gain invaluable insights, mentorship, and referrals by connecting with colleagues, peers, and industry professionals. 

Be sure to build your network before you're on the job hunt. 

4. Make Time To Reflect - Take time to evaluate your performance and celebrate your successes so far

As an expert Job Search Strategist, I highly recommend reflecting on your accomplishments and evaluating your performance. It may seem daunting, but it is crucial for personal and professional growth.

Did you know that people who regularly reflect on their successes are more productive and motivated?

In fact, according to a study, employees who take the time to reflect experience a 23% increase in performance. That alone speaks volumes about the importance of reflection.

You must schedule time for self-reflection and celebrate your victories, big or small. It will not only boost your confidence, but it will also help you set new goals and pave the way for even greater success.

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5. Set SMART Goals - Focus on specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely goals that will help you advance in your career

If you want to advance in your career, setting SMART goals is one of the most effective ways to get there.

What are SMART goals, you might ask?

They are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely goals that can propel you toward success.

Studies show that 80% of successful people set SMART goals. By focusing on these five criteria, you can create a clear roadmap to help you achieve your aspirations.

You must start setting SMART goals today to progress toward your career goals. So what are you waiting for? Get started and watch yourself reach new heights in your career!




You have decided it is time to move on.

Here are your next steps...

Once you decide to move on, it's essential to organize and create a plan.

Start by outlining your objectives: What do you want to accomplish in the next role? What are your professional goals? What’s important to you?

Things have dramatically changed if it has been a while since you have been in the job market. It is in your best interest to work with a Job Search Strategist to guide you through the job search process. A Job Search Strategist is an expert in the field of job searching.

As an Executive Recruiter I review countless resumes. The ones that catch my attention are those where the job seeker has effectively marketed themselves based on how recruiters search.

To assist job seekers in their search for new career opportunities, I have created a strategic roadmap so they can save time figuring out how to find a job or save time by making mistakes. 

This includes Resume Development based on how Recruiters search, resume templates, and cover letter templates. Interview Preparation based on what Recruiters are actually listening for in your responses. Job Search Strategist - how to create visibility for yourself, where the hidden job market can be found, and how to streamline production of the job application process.

Clients who follow my plan exponentially speed up their job search and get hired in their career fields rapidly! They find employment 6 times faster than on their own, saving them thousands of dollars of income! 

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I will tell you that having a trusted guide by your side will make all the difference as you embark on your next professional journey.

You may feel overwhelmed or uncertain about the future, but remember that you can create change in your life.

Believe in yourself and trust your instincts and reach out for professional assistance - you will get there soon.

Stay positive and hang in there - success is right around the corner.

If you need a little extra help, don't hesitate to reach out to schedule time on my calendar for professional advice and guidance.

Good luck in your job search journey and I wish you all the success in your career! 

If you are still baffled by the job search process and are convinced that it is broken, or you are going on interviews and not getting offers, grab time on my calendar to learn more about the strategic roadmap for job seekers I have created that shares the inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter, so you do not have to waste time figuring out how to find a job or to waste time by making mistakes.

My job seeking clients are getting hired in 3-8 weeks in their dream jobs after searching on their own for 9-12 months! Check out the detailed statistics.

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🔴 Ilene Rein is an Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist. She teaches job seekers exactly how to market themselves with laser precision to employers using inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter exponentially increasing their chances of getting noticed and hired rapidly!


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