Job Hop?

It was a well known truth at my first company that you would never realize any significant salary gains if you stuck around for too long. A job change or three was the only way to get quick 15-20% raises throughout your career. My question is, how many changes is too many (and how soon is too soon)?

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I'd love to hear some ideas on this as well. My thoughts: typically the minimum is 2 years. The first year you really start to master the job, the second year you expand/improve the job. After that you're ready for something new. I think you have more flexibility early in your career (analyst, Sr. analyst, manager) to jump around, but once you're in management you've started the transition from being paid for your general finance/Excel knowledge to being paid for your industry knowledge.. So to build that company/industry knowledge you should be jumping less often.

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