Reasons Why It May Be Time To Look for Another Job

Published:11/15/2016 | Posted by

If your alarm clock goes off in the morning and you dread the workday ahead, why keep going back?

If you’re unsatisfied in your job but aren’t willing to make a change, you aren’t alone. Many people are not willing to take a chance on the unknown. Others have accumulated a ton of vacation over the years at their jobs and don’t want to give it up. And some people simply don’t want to dedicate the amount of time or energy it takes to find and land a new position. Despite the reasoning, you do owe it to yourself to regularly consider evaluating your career and making the most of the 40+ hours per week spent at work.

Making the decision to leave a job is not easy. So how do you know when it’s time to go? Here are some indicators that it’s time to start looking.

1) You’re not learning or feeling challenged, this may signal a need to move on. You may not be learning something new every day on the job, but you should be improving upon your core skills and picking up new ones.

2) Your company has changed drastically since you were hired. Your job used to be great, but now circumstances have changed. Maybe your company was bought out or you have a new boss who you don’t enjoy working with.

3) You don’t feel you have a future at your company. If you don’t see a future for your career to progress, there might not be one.

4) You aren’t performing to the best of your ability. Whether you are feeling burnt out and overworked, or under-worked and under-challenged, you know you are deserving of a better environment.

5) Your colleagues do not share the same work ethic as you. If your boss and peers do not share the same dedication and enthusiasm for success as you do, then it is a great time to begin looking for a new job. You should be on a team that elevates you in your career.

6) You start gravitating towards co-workers who you can be disgruntled with. Misery loves company. Once you find another to commiserate with, you feed on each other’s negativity, which will just make you more miserable.

If any or all of the above describe how you feel about work, consider exploring some new opportunities. Don’t be afraid to interview and learn about other possibilities. You may find an employer who will appreciate your hard work, and offer you more challenge, better pay, or maybe the work-life balance you’ve been craving.  If you don’t find a new job that appeals to you, you will be reassured that you’re in the right position.

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