How Long Should You Stay If Your New Job Is Not A Good Fit?

How Long Should You Stay If Your New Job Is Not A Good Fit

It’s something many of us have experienced. You start a new job optimistic that it will be a positive career move. Things start of rocky but you stay positive thinking you just need time to adjust. But it never gets better, or it gets worse. So, how long should you stay if your new job is not a good fit?

Give It At Least 3 Months

It is unlikely that you will seriously consider quitting before the 3 month mark, but just incase—give it at least 3 or 4 months. This will allow you to settle into your job duties and get to know everyone on your team. The exception is if your job is not safe or the company culture is toxic.

Leave When You Can

You never want to be hasty, so start job hunting with the goal of giving notice when you find something new. This can be a bit tricky because you will need time off to interview. That being said, if your local job market is strong and you have at least 6 months of money in the bank for cushion—feel free to leave ASAP. This will give you more time to invest in finding a job that is a better fit. And if money is tight, look for contract, freelance or temp work while you job hunt.

Last but not least, no you don’t have to put every single job you work on your resume or LinkedIn profile—especially if you were there for a year or less.

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