Signs it is Time to Move on to a New Job

April 23rd, 2013 | Job Search | No Comments »

Finding a new job can be a long and arduous process that most people want to endure only if they absolutely have to.  No one frequents job interviews purely for the fun of it.  Because of this many people who are unhappy with their current positions are often hesitant to seek out other opportunities.  Sure it is hard to find, apply for, and adjust to a new job, but doing so can be the best move for not only your career but your personal happiness as well.

There are many signs that your current position may be either holding back your career or causing you to be unhappy at your job.  Recognizing them could be just the motivation you need to find a better niche for yourself in the work force.

Your quality of work decreases

Boredom or disinterest should be the number one sign that you are unhappy at your job.  You should have a vested interest in your work.  Most importantly, you should like what you do.  You know it is time for a change when the quality of your work is decreases because you have little interest in your assignments.  Pay attention to how you conduct yourself at work.  Do you find yourself procrastinating or vigorously working?

Motivation is the number one key to proving your worth to a company, and the lack of it could cost you your job.  Companies are not interested in holding on to someone who merely completes their work just to get it done.  Make it a point to seek out a job that compels you complete the work to the best of your ability.

There is no more room for growth

And I don’t just mean promotions.  While constantly being passed over for advancement can be frustrating, it isn’t the only red flag that your personal growth has stagnated.  Your job should stimulate and challenge you in new ways, allowing your skills to grow with each new experience.  Once this ceases to happen you risk getting stuck in a position that offers little satisfaction or fulfillment.  Think about how you feel when you approach your work.  Are you consistently inspired by projects that enhance your skills or encourage you to acquire new ones?  Don’t settle for completing the same menial tasks day after day.  Stagnant jobs are often sources of boredom and offer little sense of gratification.

You feel discounted at work

When you accepted the position at your office, remember that you agreed to be a part of a team.  That means that you should not feel like a second-class citizen.  If you are constantly being shot down by your co-workers you should find a job where your skills and ideas will be appreciated.  Take notice of how your boss and peers treat you.  Do they ignore you unless they need something?  Do you feel left out at meetings or office events?  Don’t let the people you work with treat you like a discarded piece of office equipment.  Instead, find a place where you can fit into the environment and immediately hit it off with the team.

You dread going

This doesn’t apply to how you feel at 6:30am on Monday mornings.  After a busy weekend not many people are excited to jump out of bed when the alarm clock rings.  It may be time to consider a change of pace if your job has you so stressed out that going feels akin to attending a dinner with your in-laws.  Think about how you feel while commuting to work.  Your job may pay well, but at what cost to your personal happiness?  You shouldn’t have to force yourself to go to a place day after day that makes you unhappy.

You bring your work home with you

Not literally.  Sometimes work piles up, and occasionally there are a few projects that require extra attention after hours.  But do you bring home the stress, rage, depression, or any other negative emotions you feel during work?  If you find yourself griping on a daily basis about your job long after you have left the office then it’s time to relocate.  No job should have such a negative effect on you that your personal time becomes a therapy session to vent your frustration.  Plus, your friends and family will only want to be around so much negativity for so long.

Remember that finding a new job may be frustrating and stressful, but the long term benefits of doing what you love in an environment that makes you happy far outweigh the stress of job seeking.  It is never worthwhile to stay in a toxic office environment

By Kevin Withers