As a physician or advanced practitioner, there are opportunities all over that can expand your experience and your skills, but when it comes to the best time to move from one job to the next is tricky. Everyone’s situation is somewhat the same in one way or another; the specialty isn’t what they expected or the facility wasn’t the right environment for them. Things happen, and wanting to change them for the better is completely understandable; but when it comes to consistently changing jobs year after year, that could potentially ruin your chances in obtaining your “perfect job.”
Before transitioning from one position to the next, ask yourself this: How long have I worked at this facility and how long was I at my previous job?
- If your employment list is short, or you have worked at a facility for a couple years or more, the chances of being seen as a job-hopper is slim.
- If you have worked with several employers, and have only been at each for a year or less, that may bring up concerns from future employers.
- If you have worked with your current employer for a year or less, identify your reason for wanting a change.
Ask yourself why this position is not working out for you, is it because of salary, hours, or location? What position are you wanting to transition into and why? Carrying on from why you are leaving your previous position for another; what are you seeking to improve or gain more experience in?
Hopefully by identifying your job history and maintaining a balance when transitioning from one job to another, you should have no problem in avoiding job-hopping.