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The Real Skinny: How Long Should You Stay at Your Job?

The Real Skinny: How Long Should You Stay at Your Job?

Classic career advice says that you should aim to stay at every job for a minimum of one year — but how do you know when it’s time to move on?

There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about the dramatically changing workplace and how shorter tenures are becoming the norm. Employees just aren’t staying put at their desks for 20 years at a time anymore. For people navigating the uncertain waters of their careers, this can cause some pretty serious feelings of instability. How short is too short, and how long is too long?

The answer depends on your particular situation.

According to a recent article by Forbes, a good guideline is somewhere between eight months and six years. Here’s how it breaks down:

Eight Months: Only leave if you are truly miserable at the job and think that staying will harm your career.

A Year and a Half: According to the article, this is a good minimum to shoot for because it suggests you passed a review cycle and chose to leave of your own accord.

Four Years: A solid 48-month span of working for the same company looks great on your resume because it’s not too long and it’s not too short. It shows that you’ve had ample time to learn, grow, and get promoted.

Six Years: If you’re staying at a job this long, it should only be because you’ve been promoted to a position of responsibility where you’re working on important projects with senior-level staff.

But, as with every set of guidelines, there are exceptions to the rules. If any of the following apply to you, it could be time to move on — even if you haven’t made it to the 48-month benchmark yet:

You’ve Stopped Learning.

Money is only part of the value our jobs give back to us for our hard work. If you’re learning nothing new, there’s a problem. Your current job is what prepares you for the next one, and if you’re not learning and growing, you won’t be prepared.

You’re Being Underutilized.

Are you sitting on a goldmine of ideas and know-how, but nobody sees it? There’s nothing more frustrating than wasting your potential on jobs that don’t value your skills. Find a job that not only uses your full skill set, but also challenges you to expand it.

Your Career is Stagnating.

If it’s been more than a little while since your last raise or promotion, it might be time to move on. Prepare for your next career move now by either getting that promotion, or moving somewhere else that will raise the bar of your career.

You’re Clinging On.

Sometimes we are the ones who refuse to let go of our jobs. Whatever the reason for clinging, remember that being too comfortable in your current job will most likely make it harder for you to get comfortable in the next one.

Your Ideal Job Is Within Reach

Have you been offered your dream job? Then take it! It’s okay to take a calculated risk with your resume once in a while if the payoff is really worth it. It’s your life, after all, and sometimes the best opportunities don’t come twice — so seize the day, but be smart about it.

Kick in the Pants: 5 Ways You Can Start Thinking Like an Entrepreneur

Kick in the Pants: 5 Ways You Can Start Thinking Like an Entrepreneur

technical recruiter helps with IT resumeIf you’ve been taking a slow, leisurely climb up the career ladder, listen up: It’s time to stop being passive and start thinking like an entrepreneur.

These days, it’s no longer your employer’s responsibility to plan out the next 20 years of your career — it’s yours. Work is changing, and if you want to have a career you love, you have to change along with it. Entrepreneurial thinking is the new “must” for every employee, whether you’re the newest hire or the CTO, and it’s the way you’re going to make the most of your current job and your future career.

So how do you start thinking like an entrepreneur, even if you feel the furthest thing from it?

Trim the Fat.

Entrepreneurs are the captains of the proverbial ship, and dead weight will sink it. Toss inefficiency overboard so you and your company can get where you’re going faster.

Let Your Passion Guide You.

What part of your job inspires you and fills you with new ideas? Focus on what drives you, even if seems small at first, to ignite your passion and come up with creative solutions.

Banish Fear.

Take calculated risks to up your entrepreneurial ante. The movers and shakers of the IT world don’t move and shake because they play it safe; they have the confidence to take intelligent risks and to handle the consequences.

Share Your Vision.

Don’t save your brilliance for a later date, or somebody might beat you to the punch.

Be “The” Expert.

Are you the go-to person in your workplace when a problem arises? Aim to know more, work harder, and pitch in more than anyone else to be seen as a leader, not just another employee.

When you put these practices into play, you’re better equipped to be a knockout at your current job, but more importantly, you groom yourself for a future career that just might surpass your expectations.

The Corporate America vs. Entrepreneur Showdown

The Corporate America vs. Entrepreneur Showdown

Not too long after the meltdown with unemployment began in the United States, across social media, there was some buzz surrounding the declaration by a well-known Internet marketer that job seekers should just quit the job search and start their own companies instead. The reaction among career support professionals was mixed. Some loved the advice. Others hated it. And many others fell somewhere in between.

SEO, Social Media, Here We Come…Or Something Like That (Part 1)

SEO, Social Media, Here We Come…Or Something Like That (Part 1)

This series of posts is meant to be the first in what I hope is a diary of sorts, capturing some of the many twists and turns that our small company has experienced along the bumpy social media ride, all in an effort to tell the world that we are here, that we offer personal branding services to technical professionals, and that we are determined to do it better than anyone else. I mean, really, how hard can that be, right?