Is two years too little to stay at an agency at the VP level? I’m considering moving on to take an equity role with a friend’s agency startup, but if it fails I worry two years at my current (well-regarded, on the rise agency) is too short a tenure to look good on a CV. Previous role I was only in six months but left to relocate countries; was in a role five years before that. Cause for concern?

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If you jump to an entrepreneurial start up life there’s no going back...so the job change frequency will become irrelevant..

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Do you think this is true because agencies or clients won’t hire entrepreneurial/startup candidates or because entrepreneurial candidates don’t want to go back to agencies?

Wouldn’t worry about it. Just be able to tell the story if the start up job doesn’t go as planned. At that point your story is more interesting than a linear agency path anyway. Go for it, don’t look back.

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My first VP stop was 1.5 years Went client side for a year [as a director] Currently in my 2nd VP stop approaching 1.5 years and am getting SVP interviews. So short answer, no, as long as you have a solid reason for leaving.

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