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Do 2 ‘mismatched’ jobs in 1 year label me a job hopper?

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Question:  “I recently lost a job after six months because management said I was a ‘mismatch.’ Although I found another job immediately, it is not something I want to do long-term. I like my supervisor and co-workers, but I don’t enjoy the work. I would like to continue looking for a more professional position, but I don’t want to be viewed as a job hopper. I also feel guilty and disloyal, since my new employer hired me when I was jobless. Can you help me sort this out?  —Unhappy

Answer: Your feelings of guilt are guiding you towards the ethical choice. Hiring and training someone is costly, so your employer deserves a chance to recoup that investment. If you ditch this job now, you will be treating your new boss just like the old one treated you.  

This is also a practical decision, because two very brief jobs will not look good on your resume. Try to stay with this employer for at least a year and use that time to carefully study the job market and define your career goals. You need to be sure that your next position is a keeper.

If you are pondering a job change, see Five Steps to Finding the Right Job.

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