Q: Is there a stigma for my job search if I’ve stayed at my job for five years?
A: I’ve never heard of such a stigma. Many lawyers stay at one job for longer than that, and then change jobs successfully. Although they may feel apologetic about not having moved sooner, the prospective employer sees it as a positive indication of loyalty and commitment.
Try to ignore things you hear that makes no sense, like a resume can only be one page or a cover letter needs to have three paragraphs or you shouldn’t stay in a job for more than five years. I’m not saying it’s ok to be inert and stay too long at a dead end job or one you don’t like, but I am saying don’t leave a job that still fits because of a baseless generalization someone repeated.
I’m glad you asked this kind of question. Too many people don’t and make career decisions they shouldn’t.