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stylor
Apr 24, 2013

How often can you change jobs without it becoming a liability?

I have moved around quite a bit over the past 10 years; I've lived in 3 different cities in 2 countries, and during this period have been self-employed as well as working for 4 different companies. The truth is, I tend to get bored of a job after about a year, and start getting antsy for something new. However, I'm not fresh out of college any more, so it's becoming more and more difficult to think of compelling reasons for this tendency, and frankly, I don't think telling companies that I want something new after a year or so is going to bring in a flood of job offers. I do part on good terms, for the most part, and I am not getting fired. How negatively does multiple positions on a resume impact what you think of a candidate?

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Christopher Nerney
04/26/2013
If the company is looking for someone to stick around for awhile, then I'd say a lot of short stays at various jobs would count against you. But a lot of companies now rely heavily on contract workers who are engaged for one year or even six-month periods (with opportunities for renewal), so many are open to the idea of a short-term, mobile workforce.
jimlynch
04/26/2013
As long as you have good references, I doubt it will be a problem especially if you are traveling a lot. I think most employers understand that many people are mobile these days, and that people have to move to where the jobs are in their field. Long gone are the days when somebody stays at a job for 30 years or more.
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riffin
04/25/2013

There is probably more acceptance of a resume with more frequent job moves now than in the past, but it still is going to get noticed. If you were looking at a resume and the applicant had left his/her last 5 jobs after a year or so, would you wonder if the same would happen with your company? I would. You should expect to be asked about it during an interview, so I suggest you take the time to develop a coherent narrative that addresses your tendencies in a positive light.

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