Job Hopping? Or is it?

Happy Saturday! 

Advice needed please around a potential job hop. I have a full 26 year nhs work history and have generally stayed in roles for 4, 6, 2 years and 12 years in my first job. I took on a role and left after 2 years and decided to have a chance outside of the nhs and I have only been there 1 week.

Prior to me taking this new role I was interested in another role but it was shift work back in the NHS. They contacted me the day before starting my new job to tell me about an opening they had which wasn't shift work so I decided to apply. Long story short I got offered the job! 

I feel bad but it is significantly more money, better prospects, better hours and is closer to home. 

My thoughts are not to hand my notice in at my new job until my paperwork etc. has gone through for this new one. However, it will be my first job on my resume that is only for a few months. Will this matter? What happens if this role I have just been offered doesn't turn out? 

Any opinions out there? I'm not happy about job hopping but it's a better option. 

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  • MarconMarcon Forumite
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    Happy Saturday! 

    Advice needed please around a potential job hop. I have a full 26 year nhs work history and have generally stayed in roles for 4, 6, 2 years and 12 years in my first job. I took on a role and left after 2 years and decided to have a chance outside of the nhs and I have only been there 1 week.

    Prior to me taking this new role I was interested in another role but it was shift work back in the NHS. They contacted me the day before starting my new job to tell me about an opening they had which wasn't shift work so I decided to apply. Long story short I got offered the job! 

    I feel bad but it is significantly more money, better prospects, better hours and is closer to home. 

    My thoughts are not to hand my notice in at my new job until my paperwork etc. has gone through for this new one. However, it will be my first job on my resume that is only for a few months. Will this matter? What happens if this role I have just been offered doesn't turn out? 

    Any opinions out there? I'm not happy about job hopping but it's a better option. 
    Think hard...why did you move jobs and move outside the NHS? Your other post said you 'needed a change': https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/6354434/leaving-nhs-after-27-years#latest

    You've only been in the your new job for a week, so not exactly a fair trial period. Are you sure you haven't just got cold feet, which would be understandable given you've just left the NHS after 27 years?

    However, if you're sure it's a better option, then who cares about whether or not it is job hopping (these days the phrase is 'portfolio career', which sounds so much better!).
  • JillanddyJillanddy Forumite
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    If this is the only time you have done it, then in terms of your employment history, it is irrelevant to everyone. More to the point is that having left the NHS for more than a week, you would be classed as a new starter I think - you need to check that as many terms accrue with service. I am not sure about the NHS, but in my area of the public sector employers can continue service provided there hasn't been a break of more that a month in some circumstances. 

    Wherever you work you never hand in your notice until you have a confirmed offer and start date. Not that either of those things are guarantees of anything, but they are better than nothing
  • enzolondon1enzolondon1 Forumite
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    Thanks both. 

    Yes, this is and will be the first time I have done it. I absolutely did want a change and to be fair irrespective of whether I return as a new starter within the nhs the practicalities are of more benefit even as a new starter and the job prospects are better. 

  • GiddypipGiddypip Forumite
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     Jillanddy said:
    If this is the only time you have done it, then in terms of your employment history, it is irrelevant to everyone. More to the point is that having left the NHS for more than a week, you would be classed as a new starter I think - you need to check that as many terms accrue with service. I am not sure about the NHS, but in my area of the public sector employers can continue service provided there hasn't been a break of more that a month in some circumstances. 

    Wherever you work you never hand in your notice until you have a confirmed offer and start date. Not that either of those things are guarantees of anything, but they are better than nothing
    Generally if you return to work in the NHS within 12 months of leaving you retain any benefits you built up.
  • enzolondon1enzolondon1 Forumite
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    Thanks Giddypip, I wasn't sure but remember reading somewhere about this. 
  • TBagpussTBagpuss Forumite
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    As others have saifd if you have 26 years with one employer then 1 short role elsewheere then that's not going to be seen a s job hopping, and if you only nd up being in the new role for a few weeks (I appreciate this will depend on how fast the new job is sorted out, and on your notice period) you may be able to leave it off your CV for any future job applications, unles they specifcally require evey single job to be listed 
    All posts are my personal opinion, not formal advice Always get proper, professional advice (particularly about anything legal!)
  • enzolondon1enzolondon1 Forumite
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    Thank you. I reckon I'm looking at 2-3 months for everything to go through. Recruitment is slow everywhere but it has always been notoriously slow in the nhs. I think I'll have to list them on my resume in the future. 
  • JonVarnasJonVarnas Forumite
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    You call that job hopping? I've had 9 jobs in the past five years, not including temp roles :)
  • SensibleSarahSensibleSarah Forumite
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    I'd consider a job hopper as someone who has lots of roles on their CV that they were in for less than a year. You definitely don't meet that! Do what your gut is telling you. 
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