Quitting Your Job within First 15 Months? Think Again!

There could be thousands of reasons for hating or quitting your job.

Perhaps your work-life is making your living hell. Or that your boss is just too much bossy with you.

Reasons can be many but quitting your job within a short period of time, without thinking twice about it might not be the best solution for your situation.

Many people believe in working up to six months in a company is enough. Some people even develop a habit off jumping from job to job.

They think it’s a great way of refreshing your mind and perspective. Some did it for the salary jump.

The question begs, are you sure it is smart to quit too early?

Surveys Don’t Lie: Quitting Your Job Too Early is Bad for Your Career

A recent survey by TalentWorks suggests choosing a different path.

They think shifting your job of one year could be risky for your career, let alone six months.

The statement requires justification.

TalentWorks conducted the study on 6,976 people coming from 365 cities in the USA.

The results were rather shocking.

43% of the people are considered less hirable as they have quit or laid off from their last job within the first 15 months.

Not only that but also their interview callback rate (7.6%) is 5.8% less than those who stuck to their jobs (13.4%).

Yes, it’s harsh but true!

On resume, these numbers are equivalent to wiping out 5 years of experience from your career.

Unfair, right? The hiring managers didn’t know how harsh your last workplaces were. 

Unfortunately, the reality is such.

Would You Hire Yourself?

It mainly occurs when the headhunters have a really short time to scrutinise the resumes.

When they see someone left their job too early, they naturally assume that you are less sincere and intolerant.

For example, imagine, you are an HR manager. You were given a task to choose the new branding manager for your company.

Now, let’s think of the scenario where you got two resumes both having five years of experience. But candidate 1 has worked on the same company for five years while candidate 2 has switched over five companies over five years.

Who would you choose?

Obviously, you’d pick candidate 1.

Simply that you believe candidate 1 can be a better asset to your company as he would probably serve you longer.

While candidate 2 might leave your company within six months. It will be wasteful to train them for six months to have them leave without creating values for the company.

This decision has a higher chance to happen when you are hiring for leadership roles. Compared to a lower-level job, loyalty is a good quality you’d want for a manager.

The study also revealed another mind-boggling fact!

Candidates have hypothetically lost 3.7 years of experience for each job they left within the first 15 months.

So, think twice, if you are considering quitting your job within a few months of working.

It could harm your long-term career plan badly.

Be a Myth Buster! Stop Quitting Your Job Too Early

We’ve all heard the parable that 1-year job experience is enough. You should switch after a year.

Yes, it adds versatility to your skillsets but at the same time, you could be considered insincere, flaky, or even unprofessional.

It’s a trade-off and the latter option sounds way better than the first.

When you join a new company, they spend time and effort to train you and make you familiar with their business policies.

It is likened to an investment of trust and resources on you. An investment that a return is expected.

The Choice is Always in Your Hands!

You can never be 100% productive from your day-1 to a new company. You need time and experience to learn up for your job and to contribute to a company that had been babysitting you.

So, by leaving the new job within months, how much knowledge and skills could you develop? Or how much values could you truly contribute?

So, what would be the safe-line to quitting your job and jumping ship?

How about 2 years or more?

If you work for a company for 2 years, you could serve them back and gain much experience that you can implement on your next job.

That is when you could be a valuable candidate.

Final Thoughts

So, if you are having tough luck on your current job or just feel like quitting your job, hold your horses!

It’s better to grab on to it and excel your current skills within the harsh environment.

Your long-term career would be much better and the future you would thank the now you for it.

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

Suggested Articles