When Is It Time to Leave Your First Job?

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=940&q=first+job&oq=first+job&gs_l=img.3..0l10.17093.18021.0.18282.9.7.0.2.2.0.151.659.6j1.7.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.9.677.b8Z5fG4m1Zs#imgrc=dd5bszB-RnRZZM%3AAfter graduation, landing your first job is a huge accomplishment and a very exciting time in your career. You met new contacts, developed your skills, and gained valuable experience. Now that the honeymoon phase is over, you may be finding yourself restless. This stirs up the question “When Is It Time to Leave Your First Job?”

Everyone has a different reason to seek a new job but knowing when to leave is tricky. If you leave too soon, you could be seen as a “flight risk” to potential employers. This could create a situation where you may find it hard to get hired in the future or have trouble explaining your short-term stay to the next company. If you stay at a company for too long, you could be holding yourself back from developing your career and you could also be missing really great opportunities. So how long does the average person stay at their first job? On average, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that new college graduates spend around 18 months at their first job.

The first year you work at your first job, you work under leaders and professionals who have years of experience in the business. You pick up terms, technical skills, time management skills, and learn to understand the real meaning of an 8 hour work day! On top of all the valuable skills you acquire, you learn to be a part of a team. You gain experience. Employers know that this first year is a time of growth. You learn valuable lessons, and failing is one of them. That’s right, you will fail. What you will learn is that it is okay to mess up. Everyone does it! More importantly, you will also learn how to fix these problems and better your skill sets. Employers know that all this happens in the first year, which is why you are more desirable after you have some experience under your belt. Once you overcome this learning curve, you will be ready for more responsibility.

Now you have experience, you can be pickier with your job search. You can take time sorting through positions – finding the best match for you and that doesn’t necessarily happen overnight! If you are looking for the next great opportunity, try networking with a recruiter. These are the folks that can help you get your foot in the door at some well-known companies.

Whether you are graduating in a few months or have years of experience, TRC Staffing Services has open positions with great companies. If you are looking for a new position that’s right for you, start by checking out TRC Staffing Services job board. We match you with full-time, temporary, and temp-to perm employment opportunities.

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