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  • Tell me I'm right.

    Hey guys.

    Lately I have been keeping my feelers out, surveying the land for jobs and possible career advancements. Today I stumbled upon a vacancy at a local screenprinters for a designer. I am tempted to apply for this job because I have confidence in knowing that I'd at least get an interview for it.

    However there are a few things stopping me. One of them is that I have only been in my current position since May of last year; it'd look pretty bad on my resume if I left a job only 9 months in. The reason why I am even looking at other possible career prospects is because my current workplace has become so toxic that I dread getting out of bed in the morning (for reasons that are genuine but I don't want to get all 'Bold & The Beautiful' by explaining them).

    On top of that, if I did go for this job and get it, I'd only have the position for a year, max before I left town with Mrs. jld.

    Am I right in thinking that I should just grin and bear it for another year with my current position for the sake of my resume?

    Sorry if I sound a little bit whiny. My partner is usually the sound board for this sort of stuff but she's out of town without internet connectivity.

  • #2
    I see nothing wrong with only having done a job for 9 months - as long as it's explainable in a positive way. I have one myself on my Cv and I use 'career progression' as my excuse (and, if the interview is going well, I also tell them that the new job paid nearly 3 times the salary).

    If it were me, I'd go for the new job and I'd throw in some 'padding' about my love of screen printing, avoiding any mention of how your current situation is unpleasant.

    But that's just me. Good luck.
    Want to know what a true friend is? One who walks in when the world walks out.

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    • #3
      Quite honestly, lately all you have to do is show you've been continuously employed. That right there says something in these economic times. The more worrisome part for me is going into the interview knowing you'd be leaving in a year or less.
      Toxic environments are not good though.
      I'd go for the interview and see what's up. Maybe they are only looking for short term.

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      • #4
        PrintDriver said something that sparked a thought: continuously employed... Be sure that any new job would allow for that. It'd be awful to leave one job, start another and then get laid off. Make sure they are in good financial position and find out what other types of jobs they are hiring (i.e. directors means they have money to spend) to show they are growing and not downsizing.

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        • #5
          If they ask why you are leaving your current position after a short time don't mention the toxic environment.

          Make it about the company and the position on offer and how you wanted a position and role like that for a long time and felt it would be great match with your qualifications and the role on offer.

          "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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          • #6
            If a woman can create a beautiful baby in nine months, you can create a beautiful reason to move on. Especially if you're moving on from toxicity.

            Think of it as a 'rebirth'.

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            • #7
              Hey guys.

              Thanks a bunch for your responses, they've allowed me to way up my options. The deadline for applying for this position closes tomorrow. I still may apply, but for now I don't think I will as I believe a solid 2 year stretch at this place will look more enticing on my CV than 2 short stints at 2 different places.

              I do love screenprinting (I have a small, hand made set in my garage), and I'm always looking for ways to increase my skill-set.

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              • #8
                Can't hurt to try. You have nothing to lose except the opportunity for a better job.
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                • #9
                  Trouble is, if I apply, I have to be sure I'd see it through.

                  The place is in close ties with my current work (working relationship). And as soon as they'd see my name, they'd ring my boss and ask "WTF is going on here".

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                  • #10
                    The truth is in the details. If you're sure that's going to happen, is there anyway to take a chance on going directly to the client/possible-new-employer and asking then NOT to go to your current boss? You know, professional courtesy request? Explain the awkwardness, don't badmouth the current boss, just mention you're exploring future opportunities... that sort of thing. If they can't respect that... would you really want to work there?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Broacher View Post
                      The truth is in the details. If you're sure that's going to happen, is there anyway to take a chance on going directly to the client/possible-new-employer and asking then NOT to go to your current boss? You know, professional courtesy request? Explain the awkwardness, don't badmouth the current boss, just mention you're exploring future opportunities... that sort of thing. If they can't respect that... would you really want to work there?
                      Good point. However this town is so fricken tiny, it might be hard for them to not say anything.

                      I know now that this town is so small, that my name has a few ticks beside it with the local Graphic Design reps. I got a phone call a couple weeks ago, offering me a job at another local agency, just out of the blue.

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                      • #12
                        ^ Why didn't you take the agency job?

                        (you'd be surprised how often companies don't call their buddies, if they think a resume/person is good then they'll be happy to 'steal' them away. I had this fear twice in applying for new jobs last year and each time they never even sniffed around at my current position)
                        I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. ~ Kurt Cobain

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                        • #13
                          Go for it. Life is too short to work in that toxic environment. If the other company are professional, they would not call up your boss and ask them what was going on.

                          In any industry, it's likely that applicants would be known to the interviewer. You just don't go around ringing up their current bosses about it. If they want you, they would interview you first before telling on you. Or give you a chance to resign.
                          It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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                          • #14
                            yes you are go for it

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Audentia View Post
                              ^ Why didn't you take the agency job?

                              (you'd be surprised how often companies don't call their buddies, if they think a resume/person is good then they'll be happy to 'steal' them away. I had this fear twice in applying for new jobs last year and each time they never even sniffed around at my current position)
                              I knew nothing about them at the time, and my want for a better work environment has come to a head in the past week.

                              Originally posted by budafist View Post
                              Go for it. Life is too short to work in that toxic environment. If the other company are professional, they would not call up your boss and ask them what was going on.

                              In any industry, it's likely that applicants would be known to the interviewer. You just don't go around ringing up their current bosses about it. If they want you, they would interview you first before telling on you. Or give you a chance to resign.
                              Thanks Buda.

                              I may apply yet .

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