It can be difficult to know when it’s time to move on from your current job. The thought of job searching, interviewing, and ultimately starting a new job can seem overwhelming. People often choose to stay too long in their current role just to avoid the hassle of looking for a new one. With roughly 30% of your day spent at work, it is important that you enjoy what you do. Life is too short to be unhappy at work. Here are 7 signs that it may be time for you to start looking for a new job.
1- You have become increasingly bored. When you first started your position, you were probably excited about learning new skills and taking on challenging projects. Over time, the work has become easier and easier and you stopped feeling excited or challenged by anything listed on your to-do list. If you have stopped learning new skills and feel like you are on auto-pilot when at work, it is probably time to look for a new job.
2- You don’t feel valued. Do you feel like your opinions or recommendations are constantly being ignored by others? Everyone deserves to feel like they are making a difference at work and that they are a valued member of the team. If management is constantly ignoring your ideas or putting you down, it is probably time to look for a new job.
3- You have been in the same position for 4+ years. Have you applied for promotions, asked to take on additional assignments, and expressed your desire to move up only to be turned down by your boss? Most people view each role as a stepping stone to the next positon. If your boss or management team does not support your desire to grow within the company, it will be impossible to reach your career goals.
4- You don’t like your boss. Your boss can make or break your career. You want to work for someone that inspires you to do better, helps you refine or develop new skills, and gives you constructive feedback. If your boss doesn’t have time to spend developing your skills, doesn’t value you or your work, and only gives feedback during review time, it is probably time to look elsewhere.
5- You don’t love the company. Your day will be more enjoyable if you are working for a company or brand whose values align with your own. People are often identified by where they work. If you feel ashamed by your company, don’t agree with their values, or wouldn’t support the brand in your personal life, you should consider looking for a new job.
6- You dread going to work. It is common and even normal to feel a little stress and anxiety on the way to work especially on Monday morning’s after a nice weekend. However, if you feel stressed or anxious every day, hang out in the parking lot for a few extra minutes because you just don’t want to go inside the building, or need to give yourself a pep talk each morning it is probably time to start looking for a new job.
7- Your company is having financial problems. Have rumors about layoffs become common place or has the company been constantly restructuring? If you feel like your company’s financial problems may result in the loss of your job, you should start looking for a new job sooner than later. The entire job search process can take several months or even longer depending on the field. Don’t wait for the job market to become saturated with applicants due to layoffs from your company. Start looking for a job sooner than later.
If you can relate to one or more of the above signals, you may want to consider looking for a new job. Don’t let your fear of trying something new or the dread of interviewing keep you in a dead end job that you dislike. Take control of your life and career and start looking for that right opportunity now.