Tip for Engineers: Don’t Quit Your Job If You’ve Only Been There for 15 Months

Career experts say that doing so is like “erasing years of experience from your resume.”


People always say that if you are not happy with your job, especially that if you discovered that it is not the kind of work that you want to do or that your workplace environment is making things hard for you, you should leave. But this pro-tip does not often factor how long you have stayed in that company, because, apparently, it matters.

Career experts believe that quitting after only being an employee for less than 15 months is bad for your resume or career in general.

It is a reality in the workplace: engineers quit from time to time or get terminated from work, with the former occurring a lot more. But perhaps in an engineer’s decision to file that resignation letter, rethink about it first especially when the tenure at work is considerably short.

That’s because research conducted by job site TalentWorks revealed that those who were fired, laid off or quit within the first 15 months of a previous job were 43 percent less hireable when applying to new jobs.

The survey involved 6,976 applications across 365 cities in the United States encompassing 101 industries, which might as well apply to the field of engineering.

It showed that the interview callback rate for these candidates was 7.6 percent, compared with 13.4 percent for their counterparts who held a position longer than 15 months.

But what does this implicate? What does this mean?

The researchers have concluded that lasting a little more than a year in a company impacts your next hiring process: they said that it is the equivalent of wiping out nearly five years of experience from your resume (averaging across industries and controlling for experience).

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No thanks to the impression of employers when they see that the candidate has held a position for a short period of time. This hurts the chances of getting hired, automatically raising a red flag and the application going straight to the shredder.

The research mentioned that hiring managers are particular about that short job tenure especially if the applicants have extensive job experience.

It added that experienced candidates who leave a company within the first 15 months are dinged much more heavily during the job search. In contrast with those with less than two years of experience, they did not suffer a loss of job experience.

So if you are one of those engineers who plan to quit but barely made it two years in your company, you might want to think again. Hold on for another six months or so.

Source: CNBC Make It

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Tip for Engineers: Don’t Quit Your Job If You’ve Only Been There for 15 Months

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