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Discussion on: Changing job - How often is too often?

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Pritesh Usadadiya

Tt's true that changing the companies frequently certainly has somewhat negative effect specially if you are burning bridges along the way. (By burning bridges i mean, leaving without fulfilling notice period, not providing good reason for the sudden shift, not parting with good term with company for any xyz.. reason)

This of course applies if you ever wanted / needed to go back.

Strangely, in india it's becoming a norm to sign written contract specifying that you will work for company for minimum ___ Years.

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Dian Fay

Do you know if those minimum term contracts have been tested in court yet? I can't imagine they'd hold up but of course first someone has to have the wherewithal to fight it while simultaneously changing jobs.

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Pritesh Usadadiya

Do you know if those minimum term contracts have been tested in court yet?

I have no idea. Personally i choose not work with such companies that have such agreement.

But i have seen some of my friends accepting such offers at the beginning of their career.

Such bond includes something like this,

  1. Provide all original degree certificate (given back when contract is over)
  2. Penalty (50,000-1,00,000 RS) in a event of braking a contract
  3. Not providing Experience certificate in case of braking a contract

This 3 things brings horrors to employees.

I know one person who had 3 years of contract with above 3 conditions and wanted to change job after 2 years. he fought hard (draining mental energy) and got out but without Experience certificate

Thank god that his new employer was reasonable and understanding. otherwise he would have to start with 0 or work with less pay grade.

[Above scenarios is specific to India. I don't know if Employers / people form other countries have similarities]

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Dian Fay

Holy crap, that's up there with the Gulf state practice (now explicitly illegal it looks like, at least in Saudi Arabia?) of employers making expatriate workers and consultants surrender their passports for "safekeeping".

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Dan Newton Author

Luckily I have not been in that sort of position yet where I have left on bad terms. When I left my role yesterday it was highlighted that if I want to come back the door is always open.

I don't think I could sign a contract specifying a minimum amount of years. Not saying that I feel that I couldn't do the time, but things change and it might not be reasonable to stay there anymore.

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Pritesh Usadadiya

if I want to come back the door is always open.

That is a good Sign

I don't think I could sign a contract specifying a minimum amount of years.

Sadly, for some its not a choice, specially if you are just fresh out graduate who badly needs a job.