I'm new at this company. Started 6 months ago. But company is getting acquired and there's fears of layoffs everywhere. Over the past month or so, my boss has instructed my entire team to focus on our professional development and keep our networks "warm" as "we don't know what's going to happen" once the merger closes.
Usually, I'd take this as a sign to start job hunting ASAP but what's holding me back is that I've only been at my current role for 6 months. Before that, I worked for another tech company that ALSO laid me off (along with 80% of all staff) after 7 months back in 2022. I would also note that I have a performance bonus in my current job and I got 85% of it even though I was still technically "ramping up." So I think my performance has been pretty good.
So right now my biggest fear is that of short tenure. My resume pretty much looks like:
- 2020 - 2022: job #1. quit for diagonal career switch into more analytical role.
- 2022: job #2. 7 months at new job (laid off)
- 2023: job #3. 6 months at new job (now looking like lay off at the 1 year mark.)
On one hand, my career has still followed an upward trajectory: I got a 17% raise from Job 1 to Job 2 and a 52% raise from Job 2 to Job 3. So that's good and makes me hopeful about the future. On the other hand, I feel that if I start job searching now the first thing recruiters will ask me is "you JUST started at this company 6 months ago. And the company before that you were only there for 7."
How should I handle this information going forward? Ideally, I'd love to stay at my current company but clearly, my boss is strongly indicating I need a plan B asap.