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Marcus Lemonis to 20-somethings: Job-hopping is OK — if you can connect the dots

Millennials have a reputation for restlessness. It's not uncommon for 20-somethings to change jobs every year or so.

Marcus Lemonis, the self-made millionaire and star of CNBC's "The Profit," says that's OK — as long as you can explain why you made each move.

"Early on in your career, maybe in the first six to seven years of your professional career, it's OK to change jobs," Lemonis said. "As long as the jobs that you're changing to can create a full circle where you learn different skills that in the end complete this circle of capability."

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If you have a good story that connects a long list of short tenures at different jobs, then you can seem curious and ambitious. Otherwise, a potential employer may see frequent job-hopping as an indication that you are unreliable.

"If you just go from one job to another and there's no connective tissue, there's no reason why one complements the other, then you don't seem like a person who's trying to learn," he said. "You seem like an unstable person that is just looking for something that they can't find, without any direction or any vision."

Lemonis himself had a slew of jobs while he was still in school, including mowing lawns and promoting clubs. But once he graduated from college, he didn't have many. He worked in the automotive business and then the RV business, and today he is chairman and CEO of RV retailer Camping World.

CNBC's "The Profit" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EDT.