How long do you stay at a job before pursing a new one?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@SnowInApril:  I would probably give any job a calendar year, I’ve heard it’s horrible on a resume if you don’t….but probably not much more than that if I hated it. Life’s too short.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@SnowInApril:  As someone who has done hiring before I wouldn’t be concerned with that length of time. Now if his entire resume was filled with positions he has only been at for no longer than 6 months then I might get concerened but the fact he is still employed there speaks volumes and the fact he was loyal to his last position. As a hiring manager we understand that sometimes it’s not a good fit. I think the new employer might wonder why he is looking for a new one when he is currently employed however all your husband has to say is he doesn’t feel it’s a great fit for him and he shouldn’t have any problems. Good luck!

 

I wouldn’t be too worried if I were you.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

What is the harm in applying? The worst they can do is not call him for an interview.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@SnowInApril:  I think it’s fine.  It’s really dependent on your industry, though, and I’m not familiar with that one.  I’m usually of the mindset that you should stay for a year, but that’s just not always possible or common for those of us who have only been in the job market for a couple years out of college.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@SnowInApril:  You could just stretch the truth and say it was a contract position. I did that once when I had a job only for 4 months, because it was the worst place on earth. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Bribaby119:  I actually do look for length of employment, and I ask for reasons why people left if it’s a short time.  If it’s very short (3 months or so), I sometimes even call their reference for that employment to verify the reason. 

OP, I’d wait at least a year at a job before moving on (unless it was truly soul-crushingly heinous), especially since the doctor brought him along to the new practice.  I have actually been asked in job interviews why I left a job afte such a short time, and I had been in the position for 18 months.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I thnk some of the old rules on employment are changing.  There are alot of reasons people are out of work these days, lay offs, and mergers just some of them. There’s no harm in going for interview and submiting resume just to see if he gets an offer, but I wouldn’t just lock into that one job.  He keeps going where’s he comfortable, with pay cuts, it doesn’t seem like he’s getting ahead, but maybe that will come at this job. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t see any harm in applying. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SnowInApril:  I think in this case it might be ok, but only because he was with his last job for 5 years. And if he does switch now I think he should be prepared to stick it out for a year or two even if he doesn’t like it. The truth is that it does look really bad to potential employers when they see a resume where a person has flip flipped around on jobs a lot. It looks like they can’t commit and will always be looking for something better, or worse yet, that there is something wrong with the EMPLOYEE that he or she can’t hold a job for very long.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@alysee:  This is a terrible idea, OP. He should not lie. He will probably be found out as a liar and then for sure he won’t get hired.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

if it’s just one job, it’s fine. But if he has a 10 year work history and he’s never stayed at a job past 1-2 years (or even less) then that will end up looking bad.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SnowInApril:  My husband started a job in August, left that (when I got pregnant since it was commission only with no benefits) for a new job in December  and absolutely hates his new boss/office.  He’s miserable and I can’t wait for him to get out of there. Hopefully he’ll have a new job lined up in the next few weeks.  It’s way more important to be happy. Althogh, I never recommend leaving a job before you have a new one secured.  

I don’t think moving after 7 months is a big deal at all – sometimes things just aren’t the right fit. If they’re concerned, they can talk to him about it in the interview. It certainly wouldn’t stop me from hiring him. He’s not a serial job hopper.  

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@abbie017:  Oh absolutly! I agree, I ask, you have to. If I have a candidate that I see has a short employment length I always ask but I certainly wouldn’t throw out the resume simply for that. Like I said I would be concerned if their entire resume was filled with positions they only lasted 6 months or under a year. Sorry I should have clarified.

 

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