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How soon is too soon to leave a job?

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soupforbrains Mon 25-Nov-19 14:33:17

I am wondering what from a recruiters perspective when you see a CV looks like too short a 'stay' with a company/job?

My previous role I was there for 8 years and eventually left due to a lack of training which i kept being promised and not given (budget cuts, no time etc. etc.) I took a new job where they garunteed the training as they wanted my expertise in a particular area and were happy to train me in the other.

I have completed my training and enjoy my job, it is varied work and I like the variety and the chance to work with the range of people which I do. Compared to other companies in the same industry this company does not pay very well, but since this was a great training opportunity and a step up role wise for me I had thought I would spend 2-3 years here before reconsidering my position.

However, a couple of months ago something happened and as a result I have lost respect for my boss. Since that happened I find I dislike him more each day and find myself more and more unhappy working with him. The rest of the job and people are great but I unfortunately have to work closely with my boss.

I have checked my contract for clawback clauses regarding the training costs etc. and I am fine from that angle, but i worry that it won't look good on my CV?

So how short is too short a stay at a company?

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 Mon 25-Nov-19 18:08:51

Less than one year is too short really

Peony99 Mon 25-Nov-19 18:26:53

A history of job hopping isn't good, but you don't have that.

I recruit a lot and would always ask about a short job spell. But if you have a sensible explanation for it and it's not part of a pattern, I wouldn't be worried.

LolaSmiles Mon 25-Nov-19 18:29:35

If someone has an otherwise good track record then one poor situation/error of judgement/realised it isn't the right move etc is something that would probably be overlooked by future employers because we don't have a crystal ball.
If someone hopped jobs regularly then that's a lot more problematic.

Isleepinahedgefund Mon 25-Nov-19 18:40:36

I'm moving on shortly, will have been at my current job 9 months. Previous job was 12 yrs so I can demonstrate I don't job hop! If it's not right for you don't be afraid to move on.

Palavah Mon 25-Nov-19 18:56:06

If you did 8 years at your previous employer then no issues if you need to move on quickly from this one and are able to be positive about the one you're applying for and what you learned to help you identify the right match next time. Good luck.

soupforbrains Mon 25-Nov-19 20:09:18

Thanks everyone. I am planning on job hunting in the new year then and by that point I will have been in this role for over a year. It's good to know that it won't affect me detrimentally.

I am very appreciative of the learning curve that this job has given me and I know that the specific training I've had and the qualification I got from it will open more doors job hunting wise. I am the sort of person who is usually very loyal to a company so I feel bad 'abandoning' the place when they have provided this opportunity for me but I will go insane if I have to stick it out for another whole year or two as originally planned.

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