I worked at Company X for about 5 years and left to work at Company Y in the middle of 2021. For the first 4.5 years of working at Company X, it was amazing -- a total dream job working with really talented folks on really cool projects. The pandemic hit Company X very hard and we saw lots of furloughs and employees voluntarily quitting. By early 2021, I was completely overworked, my team had shrunk down to about half its size so I was pulling double duty, working late nights and some weekends.
I was extremely stressed at the tail end of working at Company X and it was negatively impacting my marriage. I decided to go apply for other jobs mostly because I saw how quickly my mental health had deteriorated and I didn't like where it was going. I just wanted out.
I accepted an offer from and currently work at Company Y, where I have been for about 6 months.
Initially it was okay, but after long reflective sessions I am very unhappy working at Company Y. I came to realize that both Company X and Y are in the digital media/entertainment/streaming industry and I do not find this fulfilling anymore. I don't feel like I work on anything meaningful and am eager to move on to a different sector, particularly ones where I like to volunteer with such as education, the environment and healthcare (mission driven companies).
There isn't anything particularly bad about Company Y. My teammates are good people and I like my manager and the work is technically challenging (I'm a software dev). I just don't find the work fulfilling and I don't think I'm a good fit -- it doesn't make me happy and I feel like I'm wasting my time here. I'm not excited to work here like I was initially at Company X. Each day feels like more a of a drag and I've started to see a therapist to deal with related issues.
It is a remote job, but I am in the same city as the company and occasionally go to the office. My wife is finishing up school and will be starting a new job in a new city in May, and I'm having a hard time convincing myself to hang on until then.
At this point, I'm even willing to take a pay cut in exchange for a more fulfilling role.
Is it too soon to start looking for a new job? If not, what are some ways I can spin this brief stint into a positive on my resume? I don't have any real history of job hopping (before Company X, I was at the previous job for 2.5 years, and before that was basically college and job searching).
I saw the suggestion from Dave Gremlin and although related, don't feel like that really answers my question. That question is about a serial job hopper who doesn't know what they want. I don't have a track record of hopping and also I know what I want that this job doesn't provide: work that helps people and has a direct positive impact in an area that I personally find meaningful (like education, healthcare, etc.).