How often should I change jobs?

Change of job - how do you decide and when is the right moment for it?

Many people shy away from changing jobs. Despite dissatisfaction and poor career opportunities, you stick to your job - always following the motto "What you have, you know ...!"

How long have you been with your company? Is it time to leave, or could you be suspected of "job hoping" if you change? A thorough analysis is required before a reorientation is carried out. You have to find out what you expect from an employer and what your future career should look like in concrete terms.

Changing jobs is generally beneficial for a career. But as is so often the case here, too, the principle "too much is not good" applies. So you should be able to withstand at least two to three years in one place of work.

Anyone who "sticks" in the same place forever is suspected of not possessing precisely these properties (i.e. flexibility, mobility, etc.) to a sufficient extent. However, this does not mean that you should change companies as often as possible. The other extreme could quickly be interpreted as a lack of perseverance. It is possible that you will then be classified as a "job hopper".

As is so often the case, the ideal is the golden mean. While it is not a shortcoming at a young age if you leave the company a year after completing your training, you should have "endured" two years in a row in the same company by the end of 20. From the age of 30, it can be several years.

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When is the time to change jobs?

The time to change jobs may have come if:

  • You go to the office listlessly every morning.
  • You do not feel comfortable at work.
  • The working atmosphere does not suit you.
  • You have felt pressure (fear, stress, excessive demands) for a long time.
  • You are dissatisfied without knowing exactly why.
  • You are dissatisfied with your job or your job.
  • You don't see any career prospects.
  • You - from your optics - get too little pay.
  • You are denied internal and / or external training opportunities.
  • You struggle with major interpersonal problems.
  • They hardly receive any recognition for their achievements.
  • You feel uninformed or insufficiently informed.
  • Teamwork doesn't work or works only poorly.
  • Bullying is the order of the day.
  • They are neither challenged nor encouraged.
  • You are supposed to take on pointless tasks.
  • one ignores your opinion.
  • Weekend work and overtime are the norm.
  • Your company will merge and many jobs will be lost.
  • Your raise has been rejected for years.

Further checklists, tips and tricks for a successful job change can be found under the heading Positioning.