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We’ve all wanted to quit our job at some point. Maybe your boss doesn’t appreciate your work, maybe you are having a bad day or maybe you are just not paid what you are worth. Whatever your reason, when should you really start looking for a job? Many people feel like they’re stuck in their current roles, even though they might be desperate to find something new. It’s normal to think that the grass is greener on the other side, and in some cases it is.
Here are 5 signs that it’s time to look for a new job.
You dread getting up for work
Many of us have been in a situation where we start to dread going to work. When Sunday night rolls around, all you can think about is having to show up for work in the morning, and as soon as you arrive, you’re wishing that it was Friday. If this sounds like your current situation, it might be time to think about looking for a new job. After all, you spend more time working than anything else and if you are not happy, it’s time to move on.
You don’t feel valued
When you’re putting your all into a job, it’s important that you’re rewarded accordingly and feel appreciated for what you do. Sometimes, this isn’t just a monetary issue, but just being told you are doing a great job. Regardless of the paycheck that you’re picking up, it’s good to hear someone offer you some praise from time to time, or just receive a simple ‘thank you’ for your efforts. If you feel that you aren’t valued, it could be an indicator that you need to move on. If there is one thing that we should all remember, it is that life is too short to be stuck in a job that you hate with employers that don’t recognize your worth. Be brave, do what makes you happy and look for a new job. You won’t regret it.
You’re not moving up in the organization
We all have to “pay our dues”, but at some point, you expect to get promoted. If you’ve been in one position for a long period of time, you may be stuck in a job without any prospects. Menial tasks are part of almost every role, but if they take up all of your time and you don’t feel stretched, you won’t enjoy your work. If this is the case, consider your options. You might want to start looking for jobs that will offer career progression while teaching you new skills (and possibly getting paid more).
You’re not learning new skills or gaining additional knowledge
If you pretty much know everything there is to know about your current role, or you are just not feeling challenged, it may be time to look for a new job. While you may not learn something new every day, you should be improving your skills as well as learning new ones. If the possibility of expanding your skills and learning more about your role is just not going to happen, it’s a sign that the company is not serious about investing in your career development and it’s time to move on.
You’re overworked and underpaid
In all jobs, there will be busy periods during which you might be expected to put in some extra hours. This is to be expected, but be careful that this doesn’t happen all the time. If you’re constantly working long hours and have deadlines that seem unrealistic, this can cause problems. That old saying about how you should be working to live rather than living to work may seem like a bit of a cliché, but it’s true. Value your work-life balance and if it isn’t achievable in your current role, you should consider trying something new.
Though it’s sometimes difficult to find jobs, it’s not impossible. If you’re really unhappy in your work, there are plenty of possibilities out there.
Do you recognize any of these signs? Will you be looking for a new job in the near future?