4 Reasons to Leave Your Job Even if You’re Comfortable
Jumpstart your job search with our online How to Get a Job bootcamp. Find out what you’re doing wrong on your job search and how to fix it. Learn how to get the job you want! How many years until you should ditch a job? It’s a tough question. If you leave a new job within a year, you risk being labeled flaky, especially if it ends up being a pattern (like staggering between three jobs in as many years). On the other hand, if you hang on too long, you risk being labelled a slug. Slug, as in going nowhere interesting, fast. After the three-year mark, you start getting that creeping sensation down your spine. Then, after about five years, you know the pressure’s on. This is particularly true for software engineers and others who live at the bleeding edge: holding on to your current advantage in a given technology will put you at a disadvantage when that technology goes obsolete. You’re ahead of the game at this point—you’ve shown that you’re stable, and at the same time, by sniffing around for other opportunities after three to five years, you show you’re active enough to keep an eye out for new challenges. But looking for a job takes energy. Your boss likes you. You’re comfortable. Do you have it in you for a search? Setting the energy dial to low can actually work in your favor. Playing hard-to-get is a good tactic in employment, just as in romance. It’s better to be the hunted than the hunter.