How you know it is time to look for a new job
Sometimes in life, you need to change and move on. This is particularly common in your career. There are many reasons as to why you may look at moving on from your current position. Whether this be that you no longer enjoy your role, or that you no longer feel stimulated and would like a change and a challenge. There are also those creatures of habit who choose to not move on in their career as they are comfortable in their company and job. A change in job may be exactly what you are looking for in order to achieve job satisfaction.
When thinking about moving on, you may opt for the easy way out, staying in the job that you are not the biggest fan of! There could be areas which may make you stay. Ie: Going into a new job and being the new kid on the block, or that you would do not want to risk going form a secure permanent role into that dreaded probationary period!
Dreading the day ahead...
Do you wake up every morning wanting to roll back over and forget about work? Does the snooze button become more and more appealing day after day? This is a classic sign that you have lost all motivation and passion for your role. Think of the excitement you felt when you first joined your job - do you still feel the same way?! If the future of your job and the company does not excite you, perhaps it is time to consider other options, whether this be discussing progression with your boss or biting the bullet and moving on in your career.
Relationship with colleagues
Some of us are very fortunate in the way that we enjoy the company of our colleagues and even spend time with them as friends outside of the work place. And sadly others may not experience this within the work place. You must remember that you are spending a significant amount of time with your colleagues and therefore you will need to actually get on with them and have the ability to work with them. Of course, office politics are common in the work place, but in order to be happy in your role, both you and your colleagues will need to be extremely tolerant of each other. If does not happen, you may want to find an environment where the personality fit is better. A bad relationship with colleagues could even lead to a case of bullying. You may not have heard this word since school, but bullying can occur at any point in life! Your confidence will be severely knocked if others on purposely make your life difficult. The longer you let this happen for, the worse the situation can get.
Physical and mental health
Most people enjoy a challenging and busy role within a business, they like to feel as though they have made an impact. Hard work certainly does pay off. However, too much stress can seriously effect your work. But more importantly, your health. If you feel constantly stressed, and find it difficult to wind down in an evening or weekend. Your job certainly is not doing you any favours. You can only do so much before you inevitably crash, which could be even more damaging to your work load. You also need to ensure that you are successfully getting enough sleep and allowing time away from your desk during breaks and lunch hours. If you fail to achieve sleep and constantly feel under stress to the point where it is unhealthy, it could be time where you should throw in the towel and begin your job search.
No longer utilising your skills/Lack of development
Another reasons as to why you may choose to move on to a new position may be that your current job has become monotonous. You may have done everything you possibly could to help with the growth and development of the company, and it has become impossible to achieve any more than you already have. If your job has become tedious, speak with your boss as there could be potential for progression. However, if this is not the case, then it is a solid reason to want to move on in your career. At work, we learn and develop new and important skills. If your skill set is not being utilised you will begin to feel bored and overall very negative about your job.
Progression, yet no financial benefit
Many companies will want you to work to your full potential for your salary. It is very common that your responsibilities will increase as you grow within a company, however you may not be offered an increase in pay. Which can be extremely demotivating. As human beings, we like to be appreciated and valued, and for our hard work to be recognised. Unfortunately some organisations fail to recognise hard work and dedication and can even take advantage of you!
Not being taken seriously
We like to make an impact at work - after all, your aim at work is to get things done to a high standard. Is it that you are generating ideas and pitching them to your colleagues and senior management and just getting knocked back? Your input should matter, never let others dismiss you for idea generation. Companies need ideas in order to develop and grow. No matter how big or small your idea, you should be taken seriously.
Never be too hasty when it comes to changing jobs. Try to weigh up the pros and cons about the role. Before handing in your notice, take the time to think about your decision. Can the issues be resolved by speaking up and seeking help and advice form management? If you have explored all areas which could help your situation perhaps it is time to begin your job search. When you start applying, and interviewing for new jobs, do put your mind to it! Do not apply for the sake of applying. Avoid roles which appear to the job that you current dislike!
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