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Too Soon To Start Looking?

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I think it's fine to start looking for any reason. I think I would focus more on what you think the potential new job can offer you rather than what the current job is lacking. Go into the interview with three reasons you like the new job and list those rather than any deficiency with the current job (better commute, pay, more interesting, better advancement, training, etc...)

On the other hand, you could try to fix the job you are in.  It would probably be better for you to show at least a year in the job.
Why are you not doing task A?  Would it be helpful to also know task B in future jobs?


--- Quote from: onikenbai on January 02, 2013, 10:22:37 PM ---I think you have to look at the trend on the resume.  If you list a whole succession of positions in short order, I would be suspicious.  If you generally had a solid resume with one blip, I would be much more willing to accept that it wasn't a good fit.  It happens.

If you've been temping, that's generally a succession of short term jobs.  It's unfortunate for you, but the explanation of not a good fit may be eyed with suspicion.  If you could warm up to Task B with a little more experience at it, I'd try to stick it out a bit longer if you can.  If you absolutely loathe Task B then you should start looking.

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I work for a temp agency, so a small piece of advice: if you do have a succession of short term jobs on your resume, but all through the same agency, list the temping time-frame on your resume as one chunk of experience under the temp agency's company name.

2009 - 2013    ABC Temp Agency, various clerical positions (or whatever you've been doing)

      looks much better than

01/09 - 03/09   X company
05/09 - 10/09   Y Company
01/10 - 06/10   Z Company
10/10 - 04/11   W Company

Plus, with my company, we are actually the ones who pay the temps, not the clients. So in actual fact, the temps are employees of our company, not our clients.

Not sure if this will help, but I also agree with the sentiment about your resume trend. If you've had several longer-term experiences, don't worry about one blip.

"The parameters of the job I was hired for were changed after I was hired" is perfectly valid when interviewing, if questioned about the shorter term  :)

It doesn't hurt to look.  If nobody hurries to hire you that's okay because you're still employed.

I worked for employer A for about 3.5 weeks before accepting a position with employer B.  Employer B knew I'd only been with A for a few weeks, and hired me anyway because I was qualified.


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