Ready for a move? There’s a perfect amount of time to stay in a job
Jobbio's Kirstie McDermott explains the best time to start looking for the next best thing.
We’ve all pretty much given up on the idea of a job for life these days. The old-school idea of staying in the same job or company all your working life has gone by the wayside, thanks to many factors – the rise of digital technologies and global recessions, as well as the sheer choice that’s now open to people are just some of these. In the UK, 21% of working adults say they don’t expect to be in the same industry in 2030.
Now that we expect to have multiple jobs – and even careers – in our working lives, a new question arises. How long should we stay in each job? While there are no hard and fast rules – industries and personal preferences will differ - there are some guides in place. For example, in your first role, most experts agree that a year to 18 months is sufficient. You’ll have learned the ropes, understand how to deliver tasks and work in a team, and it’ll be time to move on and up.
For subsequent, mid-level jobs, moving every two to three years is a good way to develop your career, amp up your skills, as well as improve your salary prospects. For senior and leadership roles, you could consider sticking around for three to five years in each position.
One thing that is not a factor now is too short a tenure. The stigma of a shorter job stay is gone, as companies understand that people want different things from their jobs - those can include hybrid working, better benefits, more money or just a better culture fit.
If that speaks to you and you’re ready to make a move, we have three jobs below that could pique your interest. And for plenty more open roles, check out our Job Board.
Senior Social Media Specialist, Freetrade
Why Work Here: Competitive salary plus stock options and lots of other benefits are on offer.
The Role:Freetrade is changing how people invest, making it accessible to everyone. It is looking for an exceptional Senior Social Media Specialist to join the team. You will create content for all social media channels, helping people to learn about investing and what's happening in the markets by making it informative and fun.
Your Skills: At least four years’ of experience working in social, including a track record of producing high-quality content (Some experience making videos, especially for Instagram or TikTok would be a bonus) and having grown an audience is required, as is experience working for consumer brands, ideally in technology, and within a cross-functional marketing team.
UX Researcher - Global (Europe), CashApp
Why Work Here: CashApp tailors its experience to champion employees’ creativity and productivity wherever they are.
The Role: A dynamic app, it is used by millions each month to send, spend, invest, borrow and save. The UX Researcher will work closely with cross-functional partners to build world-class, end-to-end features and the UX Research team is at the frontier of shaping new and innovative solutions across categories like personal finance, commerce, crypto, community and culture.
Your Skills: At least eight years’ industry experience which might include design research, UX research and market research. You’ll be a self-starter with the ability to act autonomously and be excited about working in a fast-paced, dynamic startup environment. Expertise with a wide range of qualitative research methodologies such as one-on-one interviews, ethnographic field research, usability testing (lab and remote), heuristic evaluations and card sorting are required.
Revenue Analyst, Xero
Why Work Here: Remote and flexible working, a highly competitive salary with employee share plan and company pension scheme plus 23 days holidays are all on offer.
The Role:Xero is an easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. It is looking for a Revenue Analyst who enjoys crunching the data as much as providing insights. You will understand Xero’s current leading indicators and what that means for its forecasts, and dive deep into data to identify which areas are providing the greatest return on investments. You should have solid finance experience with the ability to analyse data from multiple sources and be able to present findings back in a clear manner.
Your Skills: A least three years’ experience in a similar FP&A, revenue analysis, or revenue optimisation role is a must. You’ll have the ability to work across multiple data sets to understand trends and projections and you must have a high attention to detail and accuracy. Experience within a technology or SaaS-based business would be highly advantageous.