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Will it hurt your resume to leave a company after working there less than a year?

A friend of mine moved companies to try to diversify her experience on her resume. Very shortly after moving she found she doesn't like the working environment/culture/new manager at her new company. (She asked all the right questions during the interview, but what was told to her and what was reality were very different.)

If she moves companies before she's worked there for a year will that hurt her resume? Has anyone else been in this same situation?


Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
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(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

I do NOT see a problem...but here are some of my thoughts...

1. It depends on the track record of the applicant and not just the most recent one. How often has he/she job hopped? And what are the reasons?
2. There will be instances where the "fit" is really bad and there is no sense in staying on with the job. The sooner everyone (or at least the person occupying the position) realizes it, the better for everyone.
3. Even if he/she does not get the job from the company, he/she should at least be proud that she told the truth.
4. Whatever he/she does....Do NOT bad mouth the company (or his/her Manager) where she came from. Just be tactful of the reason/s...see #2.
5. Remember that the average time for company stints is getting shorter.

I would NOT hide it. The circumstances can be legitimately explained to the interviewer. It is better to be upfront about it than the company finding out that you lied or hid the information from them.

There is this recent case of the hotshot SVP Engineering of Uber who came from Google who hid (some say misrepresented) his sexual harrassment case/incident that resigned (well...he was going to be fired).


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