Avoiding Job Hopper Status: How Many Months Should You Stick Out a New Job Before Moving On?

Picture this: You’re three months into a new job and it’s not quite what you expected. You want to jump ship but you’re concerned about looking like a job hopper on your resume. Should you stick it out at least nine more months so you’re there at least a year?

Gregory Giangrande, chief HR officer for Time, Inc. doesn’t think so. In today’s New York Post, he writes:

“How much time it takes to truly know whether you’ve made a mistake will vary widely, depending on the circumstances. Whether it’s three months, six months or more, whenever you’re certain that the situation is not what you want, and there is little chance it will change, then you should start looking for a new job — otherwise, you risk feeling stuck, getting bitter and yelling at your co-workers.”

Keep in mind the fast ramp to the nearest exit could be tricky and as he points out, a pattern of them looks unfavorable. But the one-year rule is “conventional wisdom and doesn’t always make sense when it’s adhered to rigidly.”

So, proceed at your own risk but realize some people are sticking out a job for two or three years and they’re getting too comfortable to leave so at least you know what you want to do and plan to move on to a job that brings more satisfaction and happiness. Sometimes though the mere process of looking for a new job will create more lightness and satisfaction at your current role because you know it’s temporary and know there’s a way out.