A new year brings about the promise of change, and for some of us, the possibility of finding a new job in a different company is all too enticing for a multitude of reasons. And of course, we completely understand the natural fears that you may have surrounding such a decision, but if you could hear – or read – us out for just a second, that job change might be doing far more for your career than you realise.

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GROW YOUR CAREER FINANCIALLY
We’re not beating around the bush: Job hopping makes financial cents – especially if you see little potential for growth in your current job. According to the 2015 Robert Walters survey, workers can expect an average of 10-20 percent salary increase when changing jobs, as compared to a four percent increase when staying at the same company, as forecast by the ECA International Salary Trends earlier this year. While we in no way endorse the idea that a higher paying job equates to increased job satisfaction or a better job, we can’t deny that a salary increase may result in more peace of mind – and therefore, a happier you. Whether it means having some extra savings to pay off that credit card debt or being able to splurge every so often on a quality pyjama set (for that much-coveted beauty sleep), money is of course a big factor when considering the job switch.

FIND THE RIGHT CULTURAL FIT
Much like in dating, with experience comes a deeper understanding of what you need in a workplace, which would help you to find the job where you feel most satisfied. Every organisation has its perks and downfalls, but it’s all about knowing which negatives you can work around, and which positives you need most. A company may offer a well-stocked pantry, but if office politics are far too tense, then there’s a high chance that you’ll dread your time spent working. And since a large part of our week is spent in the office (45.6 hours, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s most recent labour report), shouldn’t we ensure it’s in an environment we feel comfortable in?

BUILD YOUR NETWORK
We all know the importance of great colleagues. A boring day of work can be made so much more fun with the right people, but the right person can also develop your career. The more people you meet, the more opportunities you will find presented to you. Someone will always know someone who might know someone who’s looking for exactly you, whether it’s as a business partner or as an employee. Sometimes, you might even find that one work wife who just understands you, and so begins the road to entrepreneurship.  

CHANGING SOCIETAL PERCEPTIONS
Finally, if you’ve been hesitant to brush off the metaphorical dust from your resume because of the stigma surrounding job hopping, then have no fear. As more millennials begin to enter the workforce, the norm is slowly changing. While job hoppers may not yet make up most of the working population, the group of minority is growing sizably. The MRIC Group 2015 Talent Survey reported that 33 percent of Singapore professionals are expecting to change their jobs, or have already, switched jobs this year.

EMPLOYERS MAY BE HESITANT TO HIRE
That being said, a tendency to change jobs may (however inaccurately) symbolise a lack of loyalty to a company. And understandably, employers might be less willing to invest in someone who has a track record of leaving too quickly. So if it’s not too dire, try to make sure that you leave some time to really develop your skills at a job before deciding to leave. That way, you can show that you’ve contributed back to the company, making you an asset for future employers.

EMPLOYERS MAY QUESTION YOUR JUDGEMENT
There is also a chance that employers may take a look at the many companies listed on your resume and doubt your ability to be discerning. To the employer, having a serial job changer may reflect a tendency to make bad decisions – a trait that employers tend to avoid. To keep your prospects attractive, always make sure that you can justify your reason for leaving (to both employers and relatives because the festivities are only beginning!). Give a valid reason beyond just the money, and ensure that, as with everything, you’re not changing your jobs too often.

Want some more job hunting tips? Read our stories 5 of the biggest reasons Singapore hiring managers will reject your resume; 4 steps to reach your career goals in 2017 and What to do if you absolutely hate your job but are afraid to leave