I hate living up to any generational stereotype and so I fight the urge and encourage others not to job-hop. However, after getting more work experience, I don’t know if it is so bad to job hop if it’s done well. I think at minimum you should stay at a job for a year before job hopping. While we may be impatient, I believe a good amount of us are impatient because we don’t get opportunities for growth, training, etc. Anytime I accept a job I plan my exit. When I go into a new job I make a list of experiences and opportunities that I would like to achieve. When the list is complete I reflect on whether I feel there’s more I can get from my organization or if it is time to update my resume. Some of my biggest struggles have been getting the experiences needed to further my career. As millennials, we do need to have realistic expectations and standards when determining when to stay or go.
When to buck up and Stay
Difficult People– Difficult people will be everywhere for the rest of your life. They will be at work, at the grocery store, at church, and in your house. You can’t avoid them. So, quitting a job because you don’t like people isn’t a smart move. When dealing with difficult people I find it is imperative to keep it short and sweet with everything in writing. Most of the time their attitude is more of a reflection of their own struggle or insecurities not yours.
Criticism– Sometimes you need to be told about yourself. If you quit a job every time you receive some criticism you don’t like you are limiting your own growth. We all need to hear what we can improve upon even if you don’t agree. As young people, we should be absorbing anything we can to make us better.
When to pack up and leave
If you are not valued-Now this one can be hard to decipher in certain situations. If your job becomes mentally or physically harmful, you should leave. Your overall well-being is important. If you are your ideas are constantly put down, put some thought into if this the best environment for your own career.
When learning opportunities end– In every job, there are plenty of lessons to be learned. So, whether it is learning what to do or what not to do you should always be taking notes When those learning opportunities end, you should leave. When the learning stops, what value is your organization providing? If you can answer that, then stay and keep working.
Salary-We should exercise some patience in this category especially in the beginning of your career. Overall, it may be beneficial to take a lower salary in the beginning to get experience so that you have leverage later when asking for a raise or when moving forward to another company. Also, consider the entire salary package which should include benefits and retirement options. If you do your job well, money will come.
Final piece of advice
Don’t ever quit without having a new job lined up. It doesn’t matter how miserable you are, you must have a plan in motion. Bills must be paid regardless of your mood. Gaps in your resume will not make you a top contender.
What are some other reasons you should stay or leave a job?