Here’s How Long You Should Stay In A Job

Excessive job-hopping can be damaging to your resume. But according to bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch, staying at a job for too long can be equally harmful to your career. At some point, she says, you’ll switch jobs for opportunity, pay or personal growth — the big question is simply when. In her opinion, a reasonable timeline for your departure from a job is three to five years. The longer you stay at one company, Welch says, the more hiring managers start to ask if you can adjust to a different culture, a different pace, a different way of doing things? Ultimately, she says, hiring managers want to know “if they can teach an old dog — you — new tricks. There is, Welch warns, one exception to her three-to-five-year timeline. “If you’ve got a passion for what you do, and see an achievable path to the top, by all means — stay put. “But if, like most people, you know your departure is only a matter of time,” says Welch, “at five years, it tolls for thee.”

(Source: CNBC; Image: Forbes)

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