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I’m curious of everyone’s views on job hopping. I’m on my 3rd job and have ~3 years of sales experience. Each job change has been an increase in comp and has shown clear career progression. At this point I’m working for a well known public company in SaaS, in their SMB segment, which has been great. But I’ve been approached by a smaller startup offering to double my base salary, 2.25x my OTE, and equity for an enterprise rep position. This is very enticing, but would I look like a job hopper?

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Depends how long you have spent in each role. If you take this startup role and stay for 2-3 years, you should be fine. Also who cares. Get paid what you deserve and do what makes you happy.

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Love this POV, thanks

Lots of good advice in this thread. I've hired many AE and as long as their story made sense (yours does) than I'd say go for it. The red flag for me is less about the "job hopping" and more about how much you are learning in each role. A big part of true enterprise or strategic selling is about perseverance, patience and relationship building. Having the title "Enterprise AE" does not always mean that you are enterprise selling. Best advice in this thread IMO is to make sure your manager is a good one. A bad manager can ruin a great company. Finally, I would add that loving what you are selling can make a BIG difference. Good luck!

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Agreed. Your motivations and intentions to move roles is very clear. Additionally, any HR manager should be able to plainly see the career progression from role to role

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Imagine staying longer in an inferior role when you have the opportunity to move up…Makes no sense in this market.

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As a former Sales Manager and Director in Enterprise & Large Enterprise at the Big O, you can't close sh*t in less than one year, especially for the bigger deals. If you did, you probably inherited someone's territory that abandoned it because they weren't making any money. If you're using that as your "success", its pretty easy to see through it and its setting you up for an up hill battle with your start up position. Proving that you can pull a rabbit out of your hat for a position you're not ready for, will cause a different set of problems other than job hopping. As others mentioned, "get paid what you're worth" is true however, only when you are truly ready and can execute. If there is any doubt in your head, you're not ready. Money is nice but there is also safety in hiding in the sales org at a Big Fortune 500 org till you're ready.

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This to me is solid info and great advice. The amount of pressure it takes to succeed and build credibility is tough. But top performers often find a way to pull that rabbit out of the hat consistently.

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You definitely want to stay 2 years at least in each job, otherwise even your experience gets diluted because you really don't produce a ton in your first year. Employers know this and you become a liability that costs way too much money.

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Agree. This is a double edged sword. Contract work is really prevalent & yet job hopping is still a term: we can’t have it both ways.

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You already look like a job hopper, so that horse is out of the barn. As long as the company you're joining is well-funded, you like the manager for whom you'll be working and you think you can crush the goal they put in front of you, take the job. Then stay there for 3 years and continue to crush your goals.

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Salespeople are pretty mercenary in general

Job hopping was great for me, every new job was an increase and I had my answers ready for the hiring manager if asked about job history. Being with one company for 2 years is not an issue anymore but it could depend on the industry.

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I can’t say that you are wrong. However I’ve seen sales people stick around until their probationary period was up couldn’t perform and just hopped around. It’s not always the case but it’s common in sales

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When I was a hiring manager if someone wasn’t at a job for at least 3 years I’d look at them as being incompetent in that career at least. I sales at least of you are good you stay because you’d be making enough to live comfortably

Job hopping seems to be normal these days. Loyalty rewards and appreciation over decades no longer exists by either companies or by employees. You run the risk of being considered institutionalized if you stay too long. In my experience in 2022 I would put an average tenure of 3 years. You are progressing financially and gaining experience. These desires are what you want to see in a young salesperson.

Many good advice, yet I would proceed with caution. You know you can do it, sure no questions asked. Very important is the people you going to work with and the person you report into. You never work for an enterprise regardless how big the company is, you work for your direct report so make sure you both have same values. You manager is your ally and will protect you if something happens. It is true that job hopping is good for pocket, I have done that a bit but it can come and hunt you down later in life. Have a good story to tell. As long as you do 2 years in each org no one will ask! But 3-6month is mostly red flag.

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