Among the questions that are generally considered by the ‘job-hunters’, one that enquires about how long one should stay at a job is not an immediate one. But at the same time, it is undoubtedly not a query that can be entirely overlooked. Of course, as an individual struggling to find a job, you would say “let me find a job in the first place, then we can think about how long I should stay there.” However, I would suggest that you prioritise this in the same way as the other questions.
Job hopping is presently trending the corporate world, but the employers are divided in their opinion of the same. While some are for it, there are potential recruiters who do not really attach a positive connotation to it. Of course, the practice of joining one company and retiring from the same has become a thing of the past; whether it is after a long period or a short, employees tend to change their jobs at some point of time or the other. As a matter of fact, employers too majorly contribute to this trend and often by some reason or the other change their employees. But that does not mean you keep jumping ships every one or two years, that again puts you into a bad light.
Whether you are in awe of your present job or not, experts advice says you should stay at a job for at least two years. But relax, there is no hard and fast rule that you have to do so! As they say, ‘Health is Wealth’, hence even if you have a new job, and your mental and physical health is being threatened, you do not have to wait for it to get worse. If, however, it is only the fact that you are not happy with your current job, then you might as well hang in there a little longer. This will be precisely so that an employer does not question your employability.
Ideally, you should wait at a job till the time it is bearable, and you have learned enough to use that skill in another company efficiently. Other than that, if you are being underpaid, if your skills are not being potentially utilised, if your work ethics seem to be different from those at your current workplace, you might as well call it quits.
Finally, your promotion is a deciding factor, when it comes to answering the question of how long you should stay at a job. If within the two years that you have already worked, there is no talk of promotion, not even a hint of it; that is definitely a red flag.
After analysing everything, it can be safely said that if it is your heart that says, you need a job change – go for it; for ultimately, the rule ‘one size fits all’, does not apply to the world of business. Hence, you may be surprised to find that despite jumping four ships in two years, you get to keep the job, over someone who stuck to one company for four years. The reason is some hiring managers value a diverse experience over the term served.