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How long before you can start looking for another job?

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NotHereToMakeFriends Tue 04-Feb-20 10:10:46

I've been at my job for 9 months and I knew after a few weeks that it wasn't a good fit for me. I've now hit a point where I'm bored and everything seems repetitive. It's different from other jobs I've had where I was always doing something different and it was enjoyable but this just seems to be doing the same remedial tasks day in and day out.

I spoke about this with my SIL and brother and my SIL was supportive and said to start testing the job market and see what is out there. My brother on the other hand says potential employers will look for at least 12 months working for the company before considering me.

Is this the case? I working in marketing and I've been told by other previous employers that marketing professionals are expected to keep moving to improve their knowledge and skills. If they stay too long they become used to the same techniques and never grow, thus making them less employable.

Any advice would be helpful.

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AnuvvaMuvva Tue 04-Feb-20 10:17:06

Why not start looking for jobs s as I'd see if you get an interview? If you go, and they offer you a position, you'll know it was ok. If you don't get anything, the time will pass anyway then it'll be 12 months.

NotHereToMakeFriends Tue 04-Feb-20 10:20:08

I've started looking anyways as I want to make sure that I don't miss a good opportunity (This has happened before) but I'm being careful to where I apply as my current job was a case of take it or be unemployed as I was being made redundant from my other job and couldn't afford to be unemployed for who knows how long.

I want to make sure the next move is the right move.

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OllyBJolly Tue 04-Feb-20 10:22:32

I'm with your brother. Less than a year doesn't look good on a CV and could be interpreted as not making it past probation. Also a quick scan of a CV that reads 2018-2020 can look like two years even although it might only be 13 months.

People who change their jobs every two years or so will always ring alarm bells with potential employers. Who wants to recruit and pay someone who might leave just when they are getting a handle on the business?

In the mists of time, you can be excused a "false start" which is what a 9 month job is, but no, you need a good run at a job to demonstrate track record. Especially in marketing, where the incubation, planning, execution and assessment of any marketing initiative is likely to be more long term.

Isleepinahedgefund Tue 04-Feb-20 17:35:14

I was in my last job for 6 months before looking, moved on after I'd been there 8 months. I'd been in my previous role for 8 yrs though so clearly not a job hopper.

I'd start looking- life is too short to hang around for the sake of appearances when you know it's wrong for you.

CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Tue 04-Feb-20 21:05:28

I'm in this boat.. I've managed to hang on a year now but am desperate to leave. Not so desperate as to take the wrong thing again though!

I'm applying for other roles and being choosy,. My view is that if it puts prospective employers off, I'll end up where I am a bit longer until it doesn't but no harm trying. I think once you're past the year mark it's just about ok.

NotHereToMakeFriends Wed 05-Feb-20 08:28:33

I'm lucky as I was in my previous job for 2 years, and then I was in my other job for 7 years so I'm hoping a short time at this one won't look too bad.

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InFiveMins Wed 05-Feb-20 09:34:58

Life is too short to be somewhere you aren't happy. I've been at a job 8 months before and moved on, it was fine, I was honest with my new employer and simply said my then role wasn't the right fit. If you have a history of jobhopping after a few months at each place then that might be concerning to employers but if it's not a regular occurrence on your CV I think you'll be fine.

InFiveMins Wed 05-Feb-20 09:36:19

Just saw your latest post. In that case I think it's fine, you've had decent lengths of service at previous places, go for it and find a job that makes you happier.

NotHereToMakeFriends Wed 05-Feb-20 09:54:21

Thanks @InFiveMins.

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