by Matt Alderton | May 08, 2018
These days it's rare to stay at one job for 20 years. But that doesn't mean it's OK to be labeled a "job-hopper" by potential employers -- which you might be if you leave your job sooner than the typical employee, suggests Monster contributor Dawn Papandrea, who says the median tenure of wage and salary workers at their current employers is 4.2 years.

"Four years can seem like a lifetime if you're spending every workday feeling underpaid, unappreciated, or unfulfilled," Papandrea says. "But before you say goodbye to your boss, you'll want to consider what messages the dates on your resume are conveying to prospective employers."

According to Papandrea, leaving multiple full-time jobs after less than a year sends a bad message -- regardless of your reasons for leaving.

Still, you can give the bad message a positive spin. One way to do so is to describe what you've learned from your job experiences.

"Discuss how each job helped you to clarify your career goals and identify exactly what you're looking for in a company and position," Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, tells Papandrea.

Another strategy: Redirect the conversation to the future.

"Emphasize your desire to find a company where you can put down roots and truly grow," continues Augustine, to which Papandrea adds: "Then, make the case as to why the company considering you is the right place."

The best case scenario, however, is to simply avoid job-hopping. Instead, hang in there a little longer if you can.

"When in doubt about the right time to leave," Papandrea concludes, "try to stay long enough so that you can at least say you learned a new skill or gained valuable experience that will benefit your next employer."

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