Resume stability or pay hike?

U.S.Bank tytL51
Sep 18 7 Comments

Currently making 75K/yr TC as a business analyst. Recruiters hit me up with roles offering 120K/yr every month or so. This is my fourth job in four years - I'm starting to worry about the impact all that instability could have on my resume. I like everything about my current job except the pay; the work-life balance is good and I have a great boss.

Should I stick around at my current job for another year or two to get the stability on my resume, or jump ship for the $$$?

Also, if it matters, I live in the Midwest and pay $500/mo. in rent (shared 2BD with one roommate).

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  • Chase / Creative dotvector
    Why not take the interview and see how other teams are? Ask yourself if you are building a path from your current role for the next role. Have you asked your manager to help you? Have you set goals with management? What’s your end goal in 2-3 years, 5yrs?
    Sep 18 0
  • Uber whoberrr
    In tech people change jobs pretty often, so tech advice might not fully apply in this case
    Sep 18 0
  • Goldman Sachs fht3%%&
    Get your company to counter or match? If they won't, either your position is not worth getting a raise, or you are not good enough to retain. Either way, go for more. You want to be stable at the 120 not 75. Why are you making 75 after 4 jobs.
    Sep 19 1
    • U.S.Bank tytL51
      OP
      I got laid off from my last job, and my first couple jobs were just basic data analyst roles - Excel formulas and such.
      Sep 19
  • Expedia Group sKvX54
    Agree with Goldman. And if you got laid off then your story is better.
    Sep 19 0
  • SAP / Sales
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    Take the $ job and run with it. If it sucks, stick it out for a year or so and get a better job where you’ll make even MORE. Moving jobs every year only says great things about you because you are growing just ever so faster than others.
    Sep 18 0
  • Expedia Group sKvX54
    Did your title increase with each jump? Can you show a progression in skills? Are your accomplishments getting bigger per each job every year? Are you in the gig economy? Are the people you are competing against for jobs changing as frequently as you and is there a skill gap where you live? I.e. generally your market is under educated and are your edu qualifications at par or above others?

    I'll put it this way, given that you are an analyst and not a SWE, data scientist, developer etc., I wouldn't hire you because you change jobs so often. Depending on the industry and how different it could be, it takes time for people to fully acclimate and make a real contribution to the biz. If I have a stack of resumes with people with upward mobility in terms of skills, accomplishments, have solved very complex problems, I'm looking into the motivations for people to change jobs, whether they can they help me with what I need to accomplish and will they stay to see it through? Seeing it through can also mean building networks within the company to get things done. Changing as often as you, you're a red flag. That being said the TC increase cannot be ignored but you're getting paid that amount because WLB is good. That extra TC comes at a cost and so does a 5th company on your resume for 5 years.
    Sep 18 0