How soon is too soon to leave a new role?

Context:


Started as an AE at company Z in September, and have been here for 2 months.


The recruiter misrepresented a lot of aspects of this company (average rep tenure, quota, etc.).


If I'm not happy in the role should I start looking elsewhere now or try to stick it out for like ~6 months and then hop? When's the right time? Can't decide if it's better to leave ASAP or give it some time and keep company Z on my res.


Appreciate any advice y'all can give!

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MakingItHappen
Executive
15
VP, Sales Transformation
If you know the organization and culture is not a good fit, don’t just put off the inevitable. If you are not passionate about the organization and what you are selling, you won’t be successful.

That said, it’s much easier to find a job, when you have a job.
1995
Valued Contributor
2
Customer Success Manager
Agree with this take 100% -- Better to cut it off early than waste time at a place you know is not the best fit and where you wont succeed
Gbillings
Good Citizen
0
Account Development
Yep 100%. Two months in - are any of your other opportunities still open? Not sure your situation, but if ypu interviewed with multiple companies, they might be in a similar position with whomever they hired, if they hired.

I have found the adage "Your employable only while employed" is mostly true.

A two month blip is better than slogging it out only to pull the trigger later.

Fail fast
Diablo
Politicker
9
Sr. AE
If you don’t like something, it doesn’t make sense to stick. Just be cautious about the current job market before taking any decisions.
FoodForSales
Politicker
7
AE
if it isnt working for you, leave as soon as you get a new job. Fail fast.
BourbonKing
Valued Contributor
5
VP of Sales
Lots of good advice here re: should you/shouldn't you.

My advice is this...setting aside the fact that you were misled by the recruiter (which sucks), look inward and ask yourself "what could I have done differently to prevent being misled?" What questions could you have asked, what due diligence could you have done, prior to accepting the role?

Recruiters are salespeople. They are going to embellish, and in some cases outright lie. If you don't learn from this, you are bound to repeat it. Sure, you should bounce from company Z to another. Just don't find yourself in this same situation 6 months from now. Explaining away this short blip on your resume can be easily done. However, if it happens more than once, a hiring manager is likely going assume it's YOU (the common denominator in these situations), not the recruiters, who are to blame (lacks good decision-making, is impulsive, etc.).

Let this be the one and only time you get bamboozled.
heatmiser
0
Key Account Manager
Right on target reply
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
4
Sales Rep
If you arent happy I would start to look around. However make sure to find a new one before you leave
TennisandSales
Politicker
4
Enterprise Account Executive
do what is best for you. just leave. you have a solid story to share and make sure you reflect about what you have learned and how to avoid it in the future. you will be asked about it.
saaskicker
Celebrated Contributor
4
Enterprise AE
ASAP so the recruiter who misled you doesn't get their 90 day retention bonus as a lesson.
CashMoneyyy
Catalyst
3
Account Executive
If I do leave should I keep this job on my resume?
Sunbunny31
Politicker
2
Sr Sales Executive
Find the new job first, make the decision about your CV/LI when you decide to leave that job.
BigSalesNerd
Member
1
National Sales Director
CV and LI, in my opinion, exist to spark conversation. They are a springboard for stories and anecdotes that show who you are as a professional. You could leave it on there and use it to explain the lessons you learned. You could also leave it off and just avoid it altogether. Totally up to you. As a hiring manager or as a colleague, I wouldn't fault you either way.
kitchennightmares
Contributor
0
Line Cook
I'm curious about this, I've worked some jobs that I don't want to put on my resume because I left because the work environment was toxic. How much of a background check do employers conduct?
CuriousFox
WR Officer
3
Senior Account Executive
Do what's best for you. Your mental health matters. ❤
Sunbunny31
Politicker
3
Sr Sales Executive
You can start looking and see if you can find something better. It's never too soon to leave if it's not a fit and not good for you. I am with the consensus that you should hold onto the job you have until you find something new.
coletrain
Politicker
3
Account Executive
Noticing you're from Chicago, seems to be going around the area right now. You wouldn't happen to have made a shift into cybersecurity have you?
CashMoneyyy
Catalyst
3
Account Executive
as it just so happens I have, heard this story before?
coletrain
Politicker
1
Account Executive
Living this story. If the Q4 sales contest is "Winning Winter", head for the hills now because things won't change.

IYKYK
jefe
Arsonist
2
Head of Sales
A departure after 2 months is very easy to justify for the exact reasons you stated.

Start looking, don't quit until you find something better.
ThatNewAE
Politicker
1
Account Executive - SMB
Leave whenever you feel like it. I used to be diplomatic about this. But just leave man, whenever you're done.
I_LOVE_WINE
Executive
1
Enterprise AE
If your gut is telling you that it is not going to work out, try to get somewhere that you can be successful and happy. These companies have no loyalty to employees (look at all the mass layoffs) so don't feel the need to stick it out. Before the ink is dried on your obituary, they already have job opening on the career site. Do you, start looking.
MidwestRaiderNation
1
Entrepreneur/Sales/Gig-Master
Worked at a GM dealership as a service writer right after the “Cash for Clunkers” boondoggle destroyed the used car market and people stopped repairing vehicles for a year or two. Their bonus structure was based on OTE that was about double what the entire department was bringing in and I barely made minimum wage after leaving 45K and a stellar chance at Service Manager (80-110K with that company) at 25 years old. I worked there 4 months and it was 2 months too long.

Listen to these guys, they’re not wrong. If it’s not the right fit, there is no shame or dishonor in telling them to their face and moving on. I just so happened to tell them all they were snakes in the process…🤷‍♂️

Man, I could go on…they tried to hold my last check for UNIFORMS on the way out. Pettiest owner I’ve ever met, he pranced around that place like he was a literal pimp. I had never seen that level of groveling in my life, especially for someone who ran a dingy ass car dealership. This MF had one of his secretaries come at me about using a STYROFOAM COFFEE CUP!!! Talkin bout, “Those cups are for the customers, you need to bring your own cup because they cost money!” 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯
BostonBoss
Old School Bravo
1
VP of Sales
Never too soon. Yolo. Only exception I'd make is if your last 5 years is full of short career moves, then you need to bite the bullet and make it work.
LightingLeader
Politicker
0
Specification Sales
No reason to stay if it’s not a fit
antiASKHOLE
Big Shot
0
Account Executive
Cut ties when you need to and move on.
GreenSide
Politicker
0
Sales manager
It's gonna take you 1-2 months to find something new anyway, so 2 vs. 6 months is much less than you think.

There's no such thing as "too soon", so get out asap if you know already, IMO.

UNLESS you have a history of job hopping. If you're on your 3rd or 4th role with less than 2 years at each, stick it out.
harleyfatboy
Good Citizen
0
Sales Director
Start looking asap - best time to look for a job is when you have one… if you don’t like the job or company - hanging around won’t solve
NotARealCareer
0
CEO
As long as you weren't bouncing around before this, you'll have an easier time explaining why you want to leave your current company after 2 months vs 6 months. Lots of people get sold a role/company and quickly realize the recruiter/team was full of shit and want out. The longer you stay the harder it's going to be to leave and the more people will start to wonder if it's you.

Start working your network and speaking to companies about new roles ASAP, but don't quit until you have an accepted offer and make sure you do your due diligence before making another move. Work any backchannels you can, reach out to reps that left recently, etc.

One quick stint is no big deal but back to backs will be a bad look.
KwotaKrusher
Fire Starter
0
Sales Executive
Gtfo ASAP! Same thing happened to me. Basically lied to about everything in the interview process. Laid off 4 months later because the business was in such bad shape. Look for a new job, do your diligence and ask the tough questions, leave your current shit situation - or risk ending up like me 😂
Sales_Yoda
0
Sales Leader
Easy to explain to your next employer. Find the next thing and move on.
Hifiwifi
Member
0
Account Executive
Would like to know more context. No company really gives fully accurate unfo, especially bc recruiters have to hire for so many different roles, I would say stick it out for 1 year, but would also like a bit more info as to what was inaccurate with the explanation of the role?
VFG
Good Citizen
0
SDR
I just made a similar jump. Having stayed for 6 months versus 2 months will look the same to a hiring manager. I’d start interviewing now and have a VERY good reason for leaving. Be sure to emphasize your desire for a long term relationship in your applications and interviews.
SalesJesus29
Big Shot
0
Regional Sales Director
If it's not a FUCK YES, then it's a no... It is unfortunate that the recruiter misled and misrepresented what you'd experience at the company. You owe it to yourself to do something that you love!

Advise, keep the current job you have right now while you are looking - the economy is too volatile right now to risk it.
activity
Valued Contributor
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VP, Business Development
Employment is a two way street. If they misrepresented material facts, it's best to move on now because it won't be getting any better. You can easily handle that objection in an interview by just saying "they misrepresented the position and I am looking for something that better fits my career goals"
notcorporatebro
Good Citizen
0
Account Executive
I was in your position, didn’t leave, and they fired our VP and our entire team 10 months in. GTFO
Mickey
0
AE
6 months and a couple of months are the same thing. I'd go now.
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