Quitting Your Job within First 15 Months? Think Again!

Is your work life making your life hell? Or maybe your boss is just too much bossy with you. There could be thousands of reasons for hating or quitting your current job. But quitting your job within a short period of time, without thinking twice about it might not be the best solution for your situation.

There are numbers of people who believe working for 6 months in the 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.

 

Surveys Don’t Lie: Don’t Quit Too Early

But a recent survey by TalentWorks suggests choosing a different path. They think shifting your job with one year could risky for your career let alone 6 months.

Such kind of statement requires justification. TalentWorks conducted the study on 6976 people coming from 365 cities in the USA. And the results are quite shocking.

43% of the people are considered less hirable as they have quit or laid off from their last job within 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, the numbers sound harsh yet they are always true! So, how does this number affect your resume? They are equivalent to wiping out 5 years of experience from your career. How could that be fair to? The hiring managers can’t know how harsh your last workplaces were.

 

Would You Hire Yourself?

This phenomenon mainly occurs when the headhunters have really short time to scrutinize 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 have given a task to choose the new branding manager for your company. Now, let’s think of the scenario where you got 2 resumes both having 5 years of experience. But candidate 1 has worked on the same company for 5 years and the candidate 2 has switched 5+ jobs in multiple companies. Who would you choose?

Obviously, your pick would be to go for candidate 1. Why? Simple! He could be an asset to your company as he would probably serve you longer. While the candidate 2 might switch again within 6 months. Meaning, it could be waste as he didn’t serve the company long enough to add real values.

Yes, the scenario sounded biased but the HR manager is also a human like you. So, there is a probability of making irrational decisions for him too.

Although they don’t think that much while choosing personals for simpler job roles – like office assistants.

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 want to quit your job within a few months only. It could harm your long-term career plan badly.

 

Be the Myth Buster!

We all have heard the MYTH saying that 1-year job experience is enough after which you should switch. Yes, it adds versatility to your skillsets but at the same time, you could be considered as insincere, flaky, or even unprofessional. It’s a trade-off and the latter option sounds way better than the first.

When you are joining a new company, they would train you or make you familiar with the business policies that they follow. You could call them their “investment” on you. After a certain period of time, they would want you to give the return.

 

The Choice is Always on Your Hand!

You will not be 100% productive from your day-1. You need time and experience to return the value to the company that had been babysitting you. So, if you leave the company within months, how much value could you return?

So, what could be a safe-line before you should switch your job? 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 a hard luck on your current job or just feel like switching too, 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 be thanking you for it.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

I have over 10 years’ experience in the Logistics and Transportation industry working both as an in-house HR professional as well as an external recruiter. I have a Gallup CliftonStrength certified coach. Connect with me for your next Logistics & Supply Chain hiring role.

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