Do you have a set number of months before you make a determination about a job?

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edited February 5 in IT Jobs / Degrees
EG - If you take a position do you hold yourself to a set amount of time before you make a determination if it's going to work out for yourself?  Just curious.  I usually reserve about 3 months and upon the completion of that I start to form a strategy to exit.  (Assuming it's not working out).  I have had it go both ways where the job was awesome the first 3 months then it turned into a turd and vice versa where it was horrible at first and then I grew into it.   

Do you have a rule of thumb you go by?  I know some who had the idea of looking for another job and they would rather stay in a horrible job than apply again.   
Just curious about the view point of the forum.  

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  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youPosts: 2,691Mod Mod
    I give it a year.  However, I start sending out resumes at 6 months...
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I can usually tell (now) what the situation is going to be somewhere between 10-12 weeks. In all honesty it's a lot sooner, but I give it until then to have a firm focus and grasp on it.

    It doesn't usually make that much of a difference since as soon as I get one position I'm already planning where I want to go next, so unless it was an extremely bad situation, I would give it until at least the 6 month mark.
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,780Mod Mod
    I've always said a year, but 6 months is the minimum. Following that has proved itself out time and time again, especially with my current position.
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  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,341Admin Admin
    At least two months for an employee to determine if a new job is a bad situation, and at least three weeks for a manager to determine if hiring a new employee was a mistake.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,475Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    I'm in month 3 and I am LOOKING.   B)

    3 interviews next week, total bull market in these parts.
  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Observing what you had to say about that position over the past couple of months, it's understandable.

    We do what we have to do.

    Best of luck.
  • thomas_thomas_ CompTIA N+/S+/L+; CCNA R&S; CCNP R&S Posts: 882Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I try to give it a year unless the job starts asking me to do shady/illegal things at which point I’ll start looking immediately.  I agree with @scaredoftests to start looking before the one yeat mark.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, eJPT, CCNA Posts: 3,994Mod Mod
    Honeymoon period for me is 3-6 months. but I never quit before a year..
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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,475Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    edited February 11
    UnixGuy said:
    Honeymoon period for me is 3-6 months. but I never quit before a year..
    I used to think that way until I started to gain some years.   Time can't be replaced and staying in a role to stay because of some corporate sentiment is idiotic, imo.  With that said I would agree in MOST situations that would be correct, but if you were to take a position and it turned out to be help desk would you stay in it for a year?  I would hope not......
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,475Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Just a heads up, having the short term recent job hasn't effected me at all.  It's actually helped, it's given me a chance to show the interviewer what I am looking for.  I bring it up immediately and explain in a concerned yet relaxed manor and gain a chuckle or a "that's terrible" and we continue to roll along.  

    IMO having a short term job on your resume "killing" your chance of getting another job is a urban legend.  
  • LonerVampLonerVamp OSCP, GCFA, GWAPT, CISSP, OSWP, CCNA Cyber Ops, Sec+, Linux+, AWS CCP, CCSK Posts: 330Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    edited February 11
    I don't really have a formula, but these are decent guidelines for me.

    I give it a good 6 months for what I'm doing. When I get someone new or am someone new in IT, I honestly don't expect to be adding much value until about 6 months in. It just takes that long to get someone going, meet others, form some interpersonal relationships, get the day-to-day tasks understood, and the environment understood. That's not to say one isn't doing work, but it often takes that long to get a solid lay of the land and work oneself into projects and doing the meatier work.

    If things are positive after 6 months, great! If not, time to look at options and bring up any issues with my leadership.

    If things aren't working out, I tend to go as long as 12 months total before moving on. That often means a ~6 month grace period for leadership to address my concerns. If still not addressed, it won't be a surprise when I jump.

    Don't be afraid of short duration jobs on your resume. Life is short, and you shouldn't waste it at a job that is bringing you down. If it is not working out and you have another option, take that option.

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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,475Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    edited February 11
    Just spoke to my boss and formalized the resignation.  It went extremely well.  

    I think the taboo piece of quitting is self imposed and quite honestly poor logic.  He told me if at any time I want to come back they will make a spot for me.  I thanked him and we went our seperate ways.  I did indicate that later on I would be more than glad to 1099 on certain projects and he agreed it was a brilliant idea.  

    My advice is always be honest and remember time is finite.   Forge relationships they will bring back large returns.  
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, eJPT, CCNA Posts: 3,994Mod Mod
    UnixGuy said:
    Honeymoon period for me is 3-6 months. but I never quit before a year..
    I used to think that way until I started to gain some years.   Time can't be replaced and staying in a role to stay because of some corporate sentiment is idiotic, imo.  With that said I would agree in MOST situations that would be correct, but if you were to take a position and it turned out to be help desk would you stay in it for a year?  I would hope not......
    you got a point mate. I haven't been in a situation where I needed to move urgently, there was always positives. It also took me time to find something better on to because I didn't wanna move to a similar position and be stuck again
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  • BordersanBordersan Posts: 3Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    edited February 13
    I need a good job


  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Bordersan said:
    I need a good job

    You'll need to put the gun down. :D
  • MrAgentMrAgent Posts: 1,305Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    I generally try to stick around at least a year, but if it isn't a fit, and I know it, I'll go ahead and start looking at other options when I make that determination.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,475Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    MrAgent said:
    I generally try to stick around at least a year, but if it isn't a fit, and I know it, I'll go ahead and start looking at other options when I make that determination.
    MrAgent just curious have you had to do this before?  
  • Swift6Swift6 RHCSA, LPIC-1, SCA, LINUX+, NETWORK+, CWTS, VCA5-DCV, ZCNP, MCSA, ITIL-F ScotlandPosts: 250Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I give it at least a year before actually moving. Exit strategy is usually decided after six months.
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