/ Asked by Tanya
From your perspective, how long is an appropriate amount of time to have stayed in one job before moving on to the next?
Answered by Cassie, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, September 24, 2015
If you are switching jobs within the same company it is acceptable to move more quickly in my opinion. It shows you are advancing your career and doing well so the company is rewarding you. We have internal guidelines that say you should be in your current role for at least 1 year before applying to new roles, and some positions are longer depending on the level and complexity. We always tell employees to gain both depth and breadth of experience so make sure you are in the role long enough to learn everything you can and take that with you to the next role.
If you are looking to move from one company to another you do have to be more careful. One of the things we look for on a resume is “job hops.” If you are constantly changing companies every 2-3 years recruiters may question your loyalty to a company and be hesitant to hire you. Obviously things happen and there are sometimes company changes in shorter amounts of time due to layoffs, unexpected situations, etc. but if your resume shows 5 different companies in 5 years that could be a negative sign to employers.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, September 25, 2015
When accepting a position, you should make sure you are doing it for the right reasons, and those right reasons may be different from one person to the next. Understand your motivators and you will know what type of culture and organizational structure works best for you. With that being said, you shouldn't be looking to make a move more than every couple of years unless there are reasons beyond your control. Organizations like to see development, and typically it can take 18 months to 2 years before you can master the role that you were hired into. If you are making moves within the same organization, you may move faster than that pace, but that is acceptable, since it is still within the same company. Making moves of a year or less from one company to another can set off a red flag to a company who you are interested in joining. The company may not want to invest in someone who they think might jump ship before the company has gotten value from him/her.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, October 2, 2015
Interesting question! Unfortunately there is not a right or wrong answer to your question. There are so many things to consider when thinking of moving on from your position or staying put. I have two areas for you to think about:

A) Current state of wellbeing- No matter if you have been at your position one month or ten years. Your personal well-being is very important. Think about how you are doing emotionally in your current position. Below are a few questions to help you think about that.
Do you have work life balance?
Do you have workmates and supervisors who genuinely care for you?
Does your company respect you?
Do you respect your company?
Do you get a certain level of emotional compensation from your current role?

Your job can impact life quality significantly. If you have an overwhelming sense that your position is taking a toll on your well-being, then my advice to you is actively search for something else ASAP.

B) Career Ambition- Think realistically and critically about your career ambitions. What is important to one person, the next may find irrelevant. Below are some different motivations for people in their career. My advice is for you to think about what you would most like to get out of you career and go after that.

Money-Some people are after the money. If that is your motivation, and you have found somewhere that can meet that motivation. Then I say go for it!
Title- Some people are all about moving up and up! This may mean that they are always looking for the next promotion, and that is ok. If that is you, then go for it!
Emotional compensation- For some, people it is all about finding a fit culturally and enjoying what they do. If that is you, then seek that out!

Now in each of these cases, you can run the risk of looking like you either hop around or that you are complacent. My advice on that is to follow your gut and be true to yourself! Make sure that you are always treating people with respect and making ethical decisions! Then there is nowhere to go but up!
I wish you all the best in your career!
-Nell
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
I cant provide a specific timeline, as this is something that would be different for everyone. Some stay in the same position for 5, 10, 20 years, while others may only stay in that same position a year or two before moving onto something new. I would say it depends on what you are wanting out of the position. I would dive into a new role with eyes open and learn as much as you can. When you feel like you want a change, then move onto something new and challenging.
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