Q. It took me several months after my ’08 graduation to land a job that I don’t like. I’ve given it eight months and want to quit. But friends tell me I have to stay a year or two in order to avoid getting labeled a job hopper. Suggestions? -AL
A. There’s nothing worse than being in a job that you hate, except perhaps the possibility of extended unemployment. Be sure to have another job lined up before you flee your current position.
During the early stages of your career, you can risk more movement than when you are more established. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports individuals born between 1957 and 1964 held an average of 10.8 jobs by the time they turned 42. They’re not going to call you a job hopper. However, be sure to move for the right reasons and try to stay in the next job for at least a year, ideally two. In the case of a first job out of college, you should feel comfortable moving when the right opportunity presents itself. Just remember to remain positive, don’t burn any bridges, and be thankful for the experience. Good luck.