If I get a job but find I don't really like it, how long should I stay with the company before I can resign and move to a more favorable company? #CV23
I wonder if there is an accepted period of time that I should be with a company before I look for a new job. I don't want to look like I can't keep a job or like I'm unable to commit to a position. #CV23
If the job really isn’t for you, there is no specific length of time you should stay with your new employer. Once you’ve made your decision, it’s essential to remain professional and follow the correct protocol.
Doc recommends the following next steps:
So don't have too much stress if you don't like your first job - but while you're still employed, take your time to look around and research jobs that you are more certain that you will like.
There are several things to consider. Although not an exhaustive list, here are a few things to consider. I am not giving a time frame as to when one should leave, because this is a decision that the individual must make, and such decisions, in my opinion, should not be made based on person x stating that you should stay for three weeks, a month, three months or six months.
1. If you need the job to pay rent, bills, etc. quitting without something to go to may not be wise.
2. If the job is negatively impacting safety, one's physical and mental health than one may decide to leave sooner than later.
3. Sometimes, people do not consult their human resource office enough nor their immediate supervisor. Depending upon the relationship one has with their supervisor one could discuss their dissatisfaction with the job in a positive manner. For example: " I know I was hired to do A, B and C; however, I would like to try my hand at D. Is this a possibility? Here is how I see D working at this company." Another approach could be as follows " I have worked here for ___ months; I would like to have a discussion about X, Y and Z and how to improve operations within my job area."
4. Human resources: if dissatisfaction is due to harassment or any other unlawful activity then human resources, union representative, or the state labor office might be where one would need to go for advice.
5. If discussions and approaching individuals within the chain- of -command (this includes human resources) does not work and you are still miserable, then it is time to leave. Leaving can be a liberating experience; however, try not to burn down your house when you leave. Leave with integrity and respect.
Finally, some job applications will have a question that addresses why you left your previous job. I have seen people indicate the following:
'"enrolled in professional development opportunities to change career path"
"change in career path"
I hope this helps