Here’s How to Decide If It’s Time to Change Jobs

Changing jobs can lead to a better title, a salary increase and more. But moving too frequently can get you labeled as a job hopper and decrease your future prospects. So how do you know when it’s time to move on? To make that decision easier, here’s some tips.

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16 Responses to “Here’s How to Decide If It’s Time to Change Jobs”

  1. She sounds like she is reading from a HR book that has been in the garage for 5 to 10 years that is no longer relevant any longer. You get hired on a 6 month to 1 year contract and when it’s over you find a new one. There is no such thing as loyalty up or down anymore. The employer does not want to train as you won’t be around that long. Even better, get a H1B person to take that job and he is easily discarded. Three years and you decided if you want to stay. Nonsense. Emotions and life circumstances are irreverent as is the employee. Team membership doesn’t exist as there is no team, just a temp guy. I think that DICE needs to understand better the reality of today. So many articles just don’t fit reality.

  2. Fred Bosick

    DICE understands all too well; many of us have been constantly writing replies to various articles. It’s that those who buy the job ads want to put over the illusion of “shiny, happy people” gayly sallying forth from one wonderful IT job to the next, with nary a care in the world.

  3. One wonders what is true anymore. You need valid information to make decisions in your life but if all the information is flawed you decisions are flawed. Who is telling the truth? Government?…No. The news services (make that the media)?…No. The Internet? pick the truth you like. Kinda feel like the first story of a two story outhouse.

  4. This is sounding like those yahoo news post that you wished you haven’t opened. What is the point of this really? And, other posters are correct. In today’s world, you can’t be loyal for nothing especially in the IT world.

  5. I would love to have a job that lasts 3 years. Please tell me an employer that will keep an IT person that long. If anything Employers are shortening the contract duration and no employers want to commit to actually hiring an individual even if they are doing the job well and proving to be of great benefit to the company. Training is not covered due to our government regulations and the fact that paid educational reimbursement is no longer tax deductible. Employers are now required to offer benefits so companies no longer want to hire. Contracts used to be for years, but recently contracts lasting a year are further between and most only last 6 months or less. Contract to hire used to really mean that, but most companies won’t hire all that means is that they will renew the contract at its end. Companies have no incentive to hire any longer so more jobs are likely to go to contract work in the future unless our government starts give companies incentives to hire. Right now is is far more beneficial for the company to hire a contractor than an employee. John is right about companies not being loyal to employees, but I disagree with him on the Team membership and team loyalty, most workers still desire a good team to work with rather than the every man is an island philosophy.

    • Sure, I want team membership and team loyalty. Work becomes much more pleasant with that. But it takes time for trust and familiarity to develop and a sense of team membership. More time than than short term contracts allow.

      • DeanTMean

        Well, if you’re a contractor then you’re not on a short term contract. Never-mind that certain companies only allow short term emps. In terms of programmers/developers I can safely say that there are many devs that as they get older, want to settle into a system and a role. That’s kind of the point isn’t it? That’s why we go to school isn’t it? So that we can have new folks show us what they know and then methodically change the system to match it and bring them into the fold and show them what we know.

  6. Brian Masinick

    I did work 5 1/2 years on my first full time job, then I worked 13 1/2 years in my second full time job. It was with some regret when I moved on from that second job; several groups and several projects, along with some really wonderful people, were hard to leave.

    But things do change; they changed in the first job; they changed in the second job, and they’ve changed ever since. I wish I could find just one more job where I could work the remainder of my career. I think they do exist, but I think they are much less common than they were 30-35 years ago than they are today.

  7. Lionpaw2012

    I actually clicked on this video expecting some useful info on the subject because I am wondering if Its time to move on and all this video did was make me face the real truth about the it job market: it’s nieve to think that companies are looking for full time employees and I can’t blame them because as previous posters have said they have no incentive to do so. I see now that in order to prosper in the market today I must have a nomadic mentality and be content with being a full time contractor forever roaming the plains of the it field ( hopefully regulations change in favor of the workers so we will be treated according to our individual worth and not the predetermined circumstances laid out for employers by the government)

  8. Not really all that useful. This all sounds like really dated material that everybody knows, or used to know.

    All companies start to view employees with contempt. I doubt that 3 years is the threshold for this.

  9. These rules where good 30 years ago but now its if you get a better offer jump ship asap. The companies will let you go without warning. If you find a company you like and they have good benefits consider staying. But keep up on latest sysems and standards. If you dont you will date yourself.

  10. Here’s a hint to avoid ‘them’ from changing your job situation — don’t get old or don’t let your hair go grey. Unless you are considered a star performer you’ll get pushed out the door.

  11. Many of the comments that I read are correct – finding a company with loyalty to it’s workers is rare – but they are out there. Many of the larger companies that hook into government contracts are normally a 5 year contract (1 year + 4 extensions). The only problem is that they are normally Help/Service desk positions where you sit in a cube, answer the phone, problem solve, document and either resolve on the spot or send to someone higher in the food chain. SO essentially, come to work, do your job, take your breaks and lunch and go home… brainer…Not much room for advancement – but they do offer benefits (health and training) and they do not pay a fortune – but a decent wage……They are there – you just need to find one that meets your situation – area of the country.