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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...