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How Often Is Too Often To Change Jobs?

By: Mariah Rogers
Nov 19, 2020 • 6 min read

How Often Is Too Often To Change Jobs?

Changing careers is a natural part of the job search process. You have to try a few different positions until you find what flows best! Deciding what you value, how much money you are comfortable making, and exploring tasks that interest you are all steps you must take before you arrive at a long-term position. Plus, there are sure to be many office fights, rude managers, and difficult customers you will encounter along the way. Trust that this is all part of the process! However, you might begin to wonder, how often is too often to change jobs?! Let’s break it down and examine some scenarios where you might experience this common problem.

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Marketing Yourself 

When marketing yourself, think about how your resume and cover letter will appear if your interviewer sees you have frequently changed jobs. Does this make you look like a committed employee? Will they worry you will leave shortly after training? The answer to these questions lies in the way in which you market yourself during the interview. You must be ready to answer tough questions regarding your previous employment. Make sure to explain why you decided your previous job wasn’t right for you, and be careful not to bash the company. This is especially true if you need references to support your application!

You Aren’t Using Your Skills

If you arent using the skills that you learned in college, other jobs, or different general life experiences, this might be a sign that you should switch to another position that may challenge you more. You have worked hard on training your skills and perfecting your talents. If your current job does not recognize and utilize all that you are capable of, this might be a sign that you should start looking for another opportunity. However, always check-in with your manager and brainstorm strategies to enhance your workplace performance and take on tasks that will challenge you. If your supervisor does not consider your concerns after multiple attempts, this is an acceptable reason to leave a job.

Plus, you will be able to leverage your experiences in upcoming interviews and talk about how you hope to be challenged in your new role. You will most likely tell if the job will not fulfill your expectations or allow you to utilize your skills pretty early on into your time at the company. Thus, trust your gut instinct and change positions as soon as you realize the job is not in your skillset. It does not matter how long you have been at a specific company because the basic tasks likely will not change the longer you stay.

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If You Do Not Get Along With Coworkers

This can be a tricky one. However, it is generally not a good idea to jump ship simply because you experience conflict with fellow coworkers. Even if your current group is not your “dream team,” this does not mean that you all won’t be able to synergize as time goes on. Also, employees come and go in companies, so the group dynamic will likely change. You will also be able to utilize team-building techniques to allow your group to better understand each other. You probably have a lot more in common than you think! On the other hand, if you are experiencing harassment or any other forms of misconduct due to your coworkers’ conflict, this is a different story. First, you must talk to management and HR to address the situation. However, only you can be the judge of your own comfort levels. If things don’t change after intervention, you should leave the company no matter how long you have been employed there.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are critical factors that go into your career journey. While these benefits may ebb and flow, it is natural for applicants to want to land a job with solid compensation before committing to a company long-term. However, it is important to remember that you will have to climb the corporate ladder and earn your salary by working hard and putting in the effort. This will take time and commitment to an individual company or career path. As you grow older and begin to support children, family, and others, solid benefits might be of high importance to you as well.

If you are trying to build your salary and benefits, it is best to gain solid experience at a long-term job. Work towards that promotion, and network your way to better opportunities if they become available.

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Feeling Overwhelmed

Work can, at times, be very stressful. This is a normal, common occurrence many employees experience during their careers. However, how do you know when enough is enough?! When will you reach your breaking point? If you often feel overwhelmed at work and feel this way at previous jobs, it is important to change your perspective on the situation. Talk with management about a more flexible work schedule. Express your concerns with those in your personal life and seek support. Make personal adjustments so you can keep working and live a balanced, low-stress life.

If you find that work stress is very overwhelming, and you have already tried all of the methods above, this means it is time to search for a new position. Keep in mind that stress usually occurs at the beginning of every new job. Training, meeting new people, and working on a team can be very stressful for some. Give yourself time to settle in. If you have given the job a significant try and are still feeling stressed, try to find a job that will give you a better work-life balance. Remember, your mental health and happiness comes first!

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