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Leaving a job under a year

Might have to leave my current job before I hit the year mark.


How do I explain this to recruiters?

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InQ5WeTrust
Arsonist
+9
Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
What are your reasons? So long as you have them recruiters don't typically care.Β 

If you simply go ehh it just wasn't working out, then yah they're going to think you're flakey.Β 

However, if you go 'when I joined X my focus had been on growing and developing in y,z ways. It became evident that those opportunities were not going to present themselves. This is why I'm focused on finding the correct job that would enable me to do this now.' -> or add 'Here's why I believe your company is my correct next place.'Β 

Again this is just one variant, it depends on your circumstances.Β 

Prep the answer and you'll be fine. At least that's what I've found after job-hopping <6 monthsΒ 
jefe
Politicker
+8
Sales Director
Great advice here and from @CuriousFoxΒ .

It's all about understanding the why and communicating it in a compelling, cogent manner.
cr
crusherdestroyer
Contributor
account executive
this is good advice - thank you!
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
Spin it to a positive reason and don’t bad mouth the current company. You’ll be fine. 😎
jefe
Politicker
+8
Sales Director
Yup. Nobody wants to hear someone trash their ex :)Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
I might if you bring White Claw πŸ‘€
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FormerStartupJobHopper
Big Shot
+7
AE
I've done it a few times, in a row lol. I once had stints of 3 months and 5 months back to back. Have a believable reason and don't make a habit of it and you really will be fine. Recruiters are as bloodthirsty for commission as we are
UrAssIsSaaS
Politicker
+8
SaaS Eater
As long as all of your jobs arent 9 months youre fine. Just be ready to have a sound explanation and you arent shitting on your old company.Β  Β 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
It's not that uncommon in sales. I have one of these on my resume and it's "that place was a really awful fit" and that's normally all it takes.
Beans
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
It can be as simple as culture fit.

The COVID resignation and job-hopping boom is a great thing to lean on.
SaaSyBee
Politicker
+5
Sales Content Writer
Just be honest about why you had to leave. If you have good reasons, no one will judge you for leaving.Β 

As long as it's clear that you thought through your decision and didn't just quit at the first sign of a challenge, you're good.

In fact, you can spin it as a good thing because it shows you're not apathetic about your success at a company.Β 

cw95
Politicker
+6
Sales Development Lead
Just be honest mate. They go through so many people in the same scenario so don't think you'll be embarrassed or an anomaly!Β 
WomenWantMeFishFearMe
Politicker
+4
SDR LXIX
It's completely reasonable to leave a job under a year if you have legitimate cause for it. Did you have to move for a spouse's job? Did you face a toxic work environment? Did you find that you were just genuinely not suited for that particular position? All of those things can be legitimate and reasonable excuses when properly and adequately explained. My first job, I realized I was not suited for on day 3. Between the low pay and the way they operated, I couldn't wait to leave. I started immediately applying, and by month 4 I was telling recruiters that "Hey, I needed a job, and when I took this one, they didn't really adequately explain what I'd be doing and if I would be properly suited for it." Recruiters had obviously mixed receptions to that answer and my quick jump, but I found one who understood and helped me get into a better situation fairly soon after.
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