There are many reasons why you might be wondering whether it’s time to start thinking about a new job. And there’s a big difference between being ready and just experiencing a little boredom or discontentment. It’s important to really think it through before you impulsively call it quits. Here are ten signs it’s time to start looking for a new job.
You lack passion
It’s hard to reach your full potential if you’re not excited about what you do every day. Worse, if you’re miserable every morning when you have to go to work, it’s a sign that it’s time to move on.
Your company is a sinking ship
If you see the writing on the wall that your company is tanking, you should get out as soon as you can. Start your job search now while you’re still being paid, before they start letting people go.
You dislike people around you
Sometimes you can try to fix the problems you’re having with coworkers and bosses. It might be a great opportunity for growth. But other times, taking that time just isn’t worth it.
As in all the time. Or you’re sick. Like, actually sick. Constant stress can take a toll on your health. Negativity can even drain your relationships with friends and family, too. It’s time to go.
You don’t fit in
You might find your practices aren’t aligned with their ethical and moral guidelines. Or your working style doesn’t mesh with the structure of the company. Perhaps there are just vast personality differences. If it feels like you’re trying to shove a square peg through a round hole, it’s time to leave.
If your work has started to suffer even though you’re perfectly capable of doing great things, it’s probably a sign you’re not engaged and not motivated. Find something that inspires you!
You’re not being challenged and your skills aren’t being tapped. Maybe you even feel like you’ve been passed up for promotions or you’re only being given very tedious assignments that don’t stimulate you. Or maybe you’ve simply outgrown the position and there are no more opportunities for advancement.
Your duties have increased unfairly
If your role and responsibilities in the company have increased, but your pay or compensation hasn’t, chances are it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
You’re being taken for granted
Maybe you feel underappreciated or like your ideas aren’t being heard. Your great work isn’t being rewarded or even acknowledged.
You’ve experienced abuse
This might be physical abuse, verbal abuse, some sort of sexual harassment or other egregious behavior. Even if you’ve filed a formal complaint, you might have burned bridges or alienated co-workers. You have to decide how healthy your working environment is.
For more advice on how to nurture your career, connect with one of our recruiting specialists today.