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When would be the ideal time to quit your unhappy job to seek new one?

I have been working for this job for seven months as a React developer which is my first job as a full-time frontend developer, before that I was working as a research assistant for almost 4 years. There are some managerial problems, work culture is a bit toxic and it is almost normal to organize a meeting on weekends(which is weirdly kind of perceived as normal in my country unfortunately.)
I couldn’t stand with these conditions and I don’t think that I am not expanding my knowledge. However, I am always worried about that If I quit this right now, it will look bad on my CV and people might think that I am a kind of person who gives up easily and not reliable employee.

What do you think? What would you do If you are in this situation as me?

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avalander profile image

I think it's usually ok to leave a job early if you're not happy, especially after you have some experience. Everybody knows that there are bad companies out there and it is normal to find a bad apple every now and then. If you have a track of staying a few years at previous jobs and you are quitting this one after only a few months you can still prove that you are reliable given the right environment.

Or, to put it in another way, I would expect companies that think that leaving a job after a few months is a red flag to never have terminated any employment after just a few months. If employees are not allowed to make mistakes when choosing a company, neither should companies be allowed to make mistakes when selecting employees. So if they are concerned about that, well, you've just learned one of their double standards.

thsn profile image

Thank you so much for your considerate and attentive answer.

My other concern is actually that before research assistantship position, I was working for another job and I also quit that after 6 months again for the conditions that are not suitable for me.

I am not regretful about that decision but right now I am in a bit of a contrived and desperate situation, I even felt ashamed to talk about it in the post.

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Herb Wolfe

The standard advice is to hand in your notice, only after you have signed the paperwork for your new job. So right now, you should be looking for a new job, before you quit this one.