How soon is too soon to change jobs?

It used to be a prevailing notion that changing jobs made you seem unstable to a prospective employer. Today, however, it is more common to change jobs every few years.

Life is too short to stay in a job you hate, but that also indicates that it’s time to evaluate what would make you happy. Staying stuck in a job you don’t like doesn’t help you or your employer. You may want to consider some career path counseling before you make a move.

These days most people have a keen eye on advancement. If you remain in the employ of a company for several years without progressing, it could be time for a change, or at least time to address the issue and make your desires well known to management.

It’s important to have a career path, which will help you evaluate your progress against your goals. If you have been in a job for two years and it isn’t taking you in the direction you’ve envisioned, it might be time to go. In fact, if you have solid career plan, you can also use it to covey your reasons for moving on to any prospective employer you interview with.

Even if you do change jobs more frequently than suggested, having a plan and sharing it will show prospective employers that you are both strategic and ambitious. It’s fine to tell them you are looking for a company where you can stay and continue to grow.

This post was authored by Actuarial Careers Staff.

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