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How soon is too soon to leave a new job?

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Your new job might have seemed perfect on paper but the reality has turned out to be far from that. How soon can you leave without damaging your C.V. and credibility?
Jennifer Davies from Captured HR helps a reader to navigate the move.

 

I’ve been with my current employer for almost a year now and it’s clear that I made a mistake in taking on the role. There are irreconcilable differences in culture and approach and the role is far from what I thought it would be so I know that it is best for me to go, but I am concerned at how this will reflect on my career to move on so quickly. 

Is it possible to spin a story to a prospective employer around why I left so quickly without them questioning my decision making in taking the job in the first place? Should I even put a one year position on my C.V. or will that stand out as a red flag to a new employer?

 
Dear Reader,
It is difficult for both employees and employers to know exactly what to expect when they start a new job or hire a new employee.
Employment contracts usually contain a section outlining a 6 – 11 month probationary period. This period of time is included so that the company can gauge your performance and whether you are in fact a good fit for the culture of the company and for the role itself. I would always consider that this period works both ways and should also be used by the employee to determine whether or not the company they have chosen is right for them. Life is too short for regrets so move on out of a company that you don’t feel comfortable in as quickly as you can.
Probationary periods work both ways and should also be used by the employee to determine whether or not the company they have chosen is right for them
It is up to you whether you would ‘spin’ a story or not to new employers but I would find it quite acceptable for a prospective employee to say to me that the company just wasn’t right for them and that they found the culture didn’t match their own approach to work. In fact, it would demonstrate to me that they had a good understanding of who they were and what they wanted from their work life.
Use it as an opportunity to tell prospective employers how you have learned from the experience, maybe both about yourself and the type of company you are actually looking for. And of course steer clear of saying anything directly negative about the company. It is perfectly OK to say that it just wasn’t what you expected culturally but don’t say that they are a terrible company or did things badly to prospective employers!
Including a one year job isn’t usually a red flag to new employers unless there are successive one year employments and it becomes a pattern.
It is perfectly acceptable to have a one year position on your CV. It can look much better than a one year gap in employment. Including a one year job isn’t usually a red flag to new employers unless there are successive one year employments and it becomes a pattern. It is only then should a prospective employer start to question your commitment or the reasons you have never stayed with one employer for a significant period of time.

 

About Jennifer Davies

Jennifer Davies is a HR Consultant, Career Coach & Owner of Captured HR Consultancy based in Cork, Ireland.

For more information on her services visit www.CapturedHR.ie  

Jennifer Davies Captured HR

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