Montag, 12. Oktober 2015

Changing your job – How often is often enough?

Working year in and year out for the same company and taking on new and greater responsibility with every promotion – what better way to show resilience, staying power and loyalty? Are employees who quit their jobs, on the other hand, automatically considered to be unreliable? If you are looking at your resume and pondering whether there are too many or too few positions held in there, ponder no further – we have a few things for you to consider!


As so many times in life, one rule applies here as well: please don’t overdo it and change your job every few months. Then again, “overdoing it” may mean different things at different stages of your career. At the beginning – for recruiting specialists, this means the years between your early twenties and early thirties – it is not only acceptable, but also understandable that young employees who just have finished studying, are still looking for the best match between their skills and the job market. They keep their resumes always up to date and ready to be sent out, because the next big career opportunity could wait behind any corner. After that though, you have to be prepare really good arguments for yourself and your desired job change in order to convince recruiters.

As a rule of thumb for the minimal duration of one job, you can count three years. The explanation is very simple: this is the span that bigger projects usually take to be completed. The first year is for getting to know every aspect of the project, the second for carrying it out and a third to leave your permanent mark in the company. After this period and all the results that came with it, you can make a convincing case for why you are ready to take on new responsibilities and broaden your horizons. Of course, this does not mean that, in order to achieve a successful career, you must change jobs very three years. Most of the time, you will end up receiving new career offers from your own company, be it promotions or new areas of responsibility.

Should you be tempted to look for another job simply out of frustration with your current one, we can only advise you to take your time and consider everything carefully, so that you have a clear picture about what is really bothering you. Otherwise, there is a real danger that you will soon be just as frustrated with your new job. Also strongly consider talking to your supervisor and finding a mutually beneficial solution, especially if you have already worked for a few years at your company. A new job in your old company – now that would be an ideal outcome!

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