I left university last year with a MSc conversion in computer studies. I am now a validation engineer for a data management systems company. After eight months, I feel I am not using my brain and am not being trained, so have decided to change jobs. I would like to go into Web development. But is there some sort of unwritten rule of how long you should stay in a job so that the next employer doesn't think you are a job hopper? Also, are you likely to be asked about why you have left your previous job at interviews?
Put yourself in their shoes
There is no rule as such, but put yourself in the position of a potential interviewer and think how you would react to your own CV.
While your current job may not be right for you in the long term, it is in your own interest to develop your role and responsibility as much as you can before you move on. Interviewers will naturally want to know what you have achieved and what has made you decide to change jobs.
Your application will be much more attractive if you can show evidence of your ability to manage your own personal and career development. It sounds as though you need to show your current employer that you want to be stretched and contribute more to the business.
Most important of all, you can use this experience to ensure that your second job is a better fit. You should be much clearer on what is important to you and what you have got to offer.
The panel: Apex, MSB International, Best International Group, Computer Futures, Computer People, Elan, E-skills NTO, Monarch Recruitment, Reed Computing, Prince Training
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This was first published in November 2000