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How bad does it look to prospective employers to change jobs every 3 years? I've done this since college (12 years ago) and have tripled my salary as a result. Granted, I've switched between the same two companies each time, getting a big pay bump in the process. Now, the other company is looking at bringing me back again (3rd time). The pay bump won't be as big, but much better WLB, less travel, and I'll be able to do what I love. Opinions on this?

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Idk I think you’re just smart lol

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Nah, I don’t think it’s bad at all. As long as you keep getting paid more, who cares. Seems smart to me

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Thanks everyone - glad to hear it isn't a big deal.

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You're fine. I have not stayed with a company more than 18 mo. Nearly doubled my base pay in 2.5 years. Cross the one year mark anywhere and you're OK.

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No one cares anymore about jumping and moving, just keep moving up

I wonder about this too, have switched every 2-3 years. Hasn’t been something I’ve been asked about yet though.

This sounds like a no brainer

Smart people will ask for evidence of promotion and increased responsibilities within the same employer. Successfully building relationships and collaborating such that the people you work with want to give you more is a core skill, especially as you become more senior. If you can never get a promotion where you are, then people will start to ask “why not”.

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