How do potential employers look at a 4-6 month career break? Been at current job for less than a year and is mentally draining. I want to re-evaluate my career

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Hiring manager here. For an experienced dev, it wouldn’t really bother me. As long as they did fine in the interview, I can fully understand and support taking off time for family. For only one year experience, I would just treat you as basically having 0 years of experience.

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To be clear I have 6 YOE in Ops at startups. Current job is director level and I’ve been here for 6 months

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Acceptable excuses for quitting your first job after 3 months to take a 1 year "break" might be serious illness, taking a (documentable and serious) shot at a startup, and that's about it.

Note that self-improvement, personal exploration, and rethinking things are not reasons that appear on the above list.

If you can explain it, its not a huge deal. They are generally pretty understanding these days.

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