A Bad Job: Stick It, or Stick with It?
Question: My boyfriend started a job a few months ago that he’s really not into. I think he should start looking for something else but he feels compelled to stick it out longer. Does that old rule of thumb that says stay at a job at least a year even hold anymore?
Answer: In most cases, it’s advisable to stay in a new job for at least a year. Even a shitty job can be a learning experience and help solidify what you want (or rather, don’t want) in the next position. Besides, the first few months on a job are spent figuring out who’s who and where the good office supplies are stashed anyhow. His outlook may improve once he gets his bearings.
That being said, some situations aren’t tenable for 12 months - bosses who throw things, inconsistent pay - and there’s no reason to stick it out if things are truly terrible. I also don’t think the “it’ll look bad on your resume” bit holds as much sway any more. Employers expect some movement, and moving on an upward trajectory doesn’t look bad. If the situation is unbearable or if something great comes his way, then he should certainly consider it.
It’s his battle though. You’d best let him figure out if it’s worth fighting. Especially if you want him to bring you home the fancy Post-its.