Never Hire Job Hoppers. Never. They Make Terrible Employees

i never hire job hoppers. never. they make terrible employees. i can tell that the heat is going to fly from people on this post. it all started yesterday when jason calacanis sent a tweet telling geny’ers / millennials or whatever people under 30 want to be called these days that job hoppers look like “flakes.” i simply sent a supporting tweet saying that i agreed. he specifically called them “trophy kids” a reference that this is the first generation in which everyone got a trophy as bill sledzik outlines in this posting, “dear millennials: your parents lied to you.” one simple tweet and i started getting flack (trev, if you’re a founder and have tried to build 3 companies you get a carve out) on twitter (sumit, your business school professor was wrong).i’m not staying become a lifer. if you want to understand my views from the employee’s point-of-view please read here. james, 6 years is fine. 12 is getting long unless your company is totally rocking!but this isn’t a post about millennials – it’s about job hoppers of all ages and i know plenty of my fellow gen x’ers who are running for the door at the first sign of trouble. look at some of the uber-successful icons of silicon valley / technology: larry ellison, steve jobs, bill gates, larry/sergey, eric schmidt, andy groves, john doerr. not job hoppers. i’m sure some job-hoppers have made it big (just to save your having to research to prove me wrong).update: somehow the biggest criticism in the comments is that my arguments in this post are “lazy.” i find this ironic since trying to apply a simple “label” to me rather than trying to debate the other side of my position is exactly that. hiring an employee has analogies to acquiring a customer. it costs a lot to “acquire” so you want your ltv (lifetime value) to be as great as possibly given the upfront costs of acquisition. if you have limited resources you want to put them against your potentially best long-term customers. hiring employees is no different. frankly, i’m astounded that this is so controversial.people argue that somehow i need to hire this potentially great employee and give them a shot even though they’ve never committed to any job in their career. hogwash. i’d rather more money and effort go up front to getting a larger potential employee pool than feeling forced to hire somebody who’s had 6 jobs in a row of 18 months or less.


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