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When does ‘job-hopping’ become ‘can’t hold a job’?

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Q: “I left my last job on very bad terms, but found a new position six months ago. I plan to look for another job after I have been in this one for a year, so I'm concerned about reference checks with my previous employer.

“Even though all reference inquiries are supposed to be routed to Human Resources, someone might still be able to contact my former managers, who would not have good things to say about me. How should I handle this?” Nervous

A: Prospective employers are likely to be most interested in your recent work experience. Therefore, the best way to combat negative reviews from previous managers is to develop a stellar reputation in your current company.

Creating a positive track record takes time, however, so I am completely baffled by your plan to hop back into the job market after only one year. Quitting your current position so soon could cause interviewers to question your stability and examine your departure from the last company more closely.

But an even greater concern is that you might be repeating a self-destructive pattern. If your reasons for leaving this job bear any resemblance to your previous issues with management, then you may simply be carrying these problems with you from one job to another.

Do you repeatedly have problems at work? See if you're on this list: Six Signs that you Might Be “Hard to Manage”.

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