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Job hop while you are young

It's OK to change jobs at the start of your career.

You’ve heard the wisdom of staying in a job long enough to create a solid work history. But skipping around—in your 20s, at least—may no longer raise a résumé red flag.

Most bosses in a CareerBuilder survey said they’d hired a hopper, and a third expected workers to come and go quickly. “Successful job hoppers have in-demand skills, which take precedence over tenure in a manager’s eyes,” says CB’s Ryan Hunt. Shopping those skills around can up your title and salary.

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But, a caveat: “You have to earn the right to job hop” by learning the skills that will impress a boss, Hunt says. Also, get it out of your system early— 41% of hirers said they’re less keen on job hoppers in their early- to mid-30s.


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