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How many years can you remain in the same position/title at the same agency before it starts looking bad or questionable on your resume?

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If you’re making great work it doesn’t matter.

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And treated well and compensated well. There are lots of reasons people stay.

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If you’re not getting any good work out of it and you’re sticking around, yes, that will look bad. If you’re winning awards and producing all the time, you can stay for over a decade. A buddy of mine got his first job a Goodby out of ad school, and 18 years later he’s still there.

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Interesting thoughts in this thread. Following for more. However, Susan Credle (Global CCO @ FCB) has said “2 in a half years [at the same shop] on a resume, unless you’re...24.. says to me you left when it got hard. And everyone can leave when it gets hard” Goes on to say “I know when I look at anyone’s CV and see them jumping around... for me it’s 5, if someone can’t stay somewhere for 5 years, there’s a problem”

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Good christ, way to not do any thinking and make up random rules that will apply to all individuals.

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Take as much time as you need! Everyone has a different path. I would have gladly stayed a SAD for a few more years (after 5 years) but was promoted last year after winning some awards. I am also content to stay here for 5 or so. I like to master my level before moving on. In no rush to climb to the top or inflate my salary to where I feel like dead weight. I’ve seen too many layoffs for that. Im also happy still being a “maker.” Its the best part of the job!

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Very true mate!

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There are agencies that don’t keep up with innovative ideas so I won’t stay just for it to look good on my resume if I’m not growing. If somewhere doesn’t hire me because it looks like I jump around it’s also a reflection on them. I like to remain competitive so at my interviews I talk about what I have done for those agencies rather than why I jumped around. For me personally, I give 3 years. If they are concerned about me jumping, they can also ask IMO

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I stayed at Publicis for like 6 years and some interviewers have been like, “why?” If anything it made me look bad. Was also a total waste of time, incidentally

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Personally I like the 3 year rhythm, but I know people who stay at the same place for 10 yrs plus

It all depends. Everyone has their own pace. After 2 years as an associate, I felt like it was time to move

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