Is travel job hopping a good idea?

A recent Wall Street Journal report states that US workers are quitting at the fastest rate since the internet boom nearly 17 years ago. They believe this is down to a strong economy and record-low unemployment. In America in April 3.4 million people chose to leave their jobs, according to official Labor Department figures (another 1.7 million were laid off). It is generally thought that job-hopping leads to better pay – and those who switched got a roughly 30% bigger annual pay boost in May than those who stayed in their jobs over the past year.

Is this a global phenomenon? We have certainly noticed that there is a current buyers’ market, with travel job seekers at an advantage particularly if they’re well-qualified with good experience. But does this mean that you should only stay in a role for a short time? When is it OK to leave your travel job?

I believe you know deep-down when you are unhappy in a travel job. This might be due to poor management, weak leadership, lack of development, poor product, or no chance of progression – all common reasons people are dissatisfied at work.

If you’re swithering between the ‘should I stay or should I go’ decision, ask yourself if you no longer look forward to going to work on any given day. If you are experiencing this feeling for two consecutive days or more then it is probably best to get in contact with our travel recruitment team.

Career planning

Planning during your career is critical. It’s never a good idea to quit a travel job on a whim, with no plan in place for your next steps. For example, if you want to be a director in 10 years’ time then you need to plot your career path and work out where you need to be at each 2-year stage. Think about the company type you’d like to be a director of and research them. Find ones which are investing in growth. Look into whether they truly support their staff – a bit of spying on social media can do wonders here. And work out where in the country you’d be best off. Where do the kinds of companies you’d like to work for mostly have their head offices? When you quit and when you stay will be part of this plan.

Do be realistic and do your research on the travel industry. For example, if you are a marketing manager based in Glasgow, but there are only three travel companies in Glasgow with a decent marketing spend, consider looking at other locations for a travel job in the UK or overseas. We are all different and we evolve through our career; all this should therefore be taken in to consideration.

It’s your job to research and plan ahead. But travel recruitment consultants can help with this research and have much of the information at their fingertips.

When considering your 5 or 10-year plan, it might be that travel job hopping isn’t appropriate. Are you experienced enough in your current position to leave? If not, try and stick it out for a bit longer. Particularly at the beginning of your career, job hopping can look bad on a CV.

When recruiting, most travel companies are comfortable if an employee has spent at least 2 years with the same employer. However, if you are massively unhappy then it’s best to start the search ASAP. Take control.

The article in the Wall St Journal mentions those that moved received a 30% pay increase. I would suggest that travel job employers should regularly benchmark their salaries. Progressive Travel Recruitment can offer this as a complimentary service. Contact us for more information.

Training and opportunities

This article in the Independent says many people quit because they want more training. If you’re an employer you need to identify areas for individual improvement. Regular 1-2-1’s and performance reviews will help identify areas where there is a training need. We also recommend regular dialogue with employees. It’s too easy to assume someone is great in certain areas but that might not actually be the case. You should also recognise the importance of training, the cost and the return that will provide. Investing in training leads to better staff retention and a happier work environment, not to mention better-trained staff.

You need to identify why you wish to quit your job. If you are massively unhappy then it is best to proactively find a new role immediately. If it is something that your employer can do and they are open to that type of dialogue. It might be worth making an appointment to speak to a manager to bring the question of more training up, for example. Identify worthwhile training opportunities and present them well to the person in charge. It’s better to ask than be continually frustrated.

One life

If you’re an employee who feels like moving, when you’re considering the pros and cons of a travel job, don’t forget the YOLO rule. Making the most of your life should be part of your decision making. Set your ambitions and work towards them, and if you’re somewhere where that ambition is stagnating, it’s probably time to move on.

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