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When I scan a resumé, the first thing I look for is the applicant’s time at each job listed. If I see a pattern of employment for less than a year, I usually pass.
That you went to a great school and have good skills isn’t enough to make up for what I call the “flake out factor.” It’s about discipline; when you jump ship after only one year, you send me a message that you’re more focused on the next stepping stone than sticking it out with an assignment that gives you an opportunity to know the company that hired you on a deeper level.
Show me you’ve got the character to see your work as more than just a few projects. Demonstrate the kind of long-term arc thinking that proves you’re a team player. Give each job at least 2 years to show me you’ve got the stamina and patience to balance your talent.
Lots of people, particularly early in their careers, feel the urge to jump quickly to another job because they see opportunities everywhere that seem, on the surface, to be greener pastures than their current position. And that’s natural, of course. For some of you, it’s going to mean a real adjustment in your attitude and your outlook to resist job-jumping.
That’s not to say there aren’t good reasons for leaving a job. Some company cultures are toxic and no one deserves being abused by an employer. Sometimes you’ll be stuck in a job that doesn’t connect with your career trajectory. Other times you’ll take a job just because you need a job; no shame in doing that. I’m not talking about any of those situations. Obviously, you’re going to leap-frog those jobs as quickly as you can.
Might want to keep them off your resumé, though.
Dom De Bellis is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, coach, and minister of the Gospel. When he's not serving his church or Boy Scout Troop, he is helping people in cities grow organic food.